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Iran President Rouhani rules out negotiations with US at UNGA

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WION Web Team United Nations, United States Sep 25, 2019, 11.13 PM (IST)

After US President Trump accused Iran of "blood lust" and threatened further sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while addressing the UN General Assembly ruled out talks with the US unless the sanctions were lifted.

"I would like to announce that our response to any negotiation under sanctions is negative," Rouhani said during his speech at the UN General Assembly. "We cannot believe the invitation to negotiations by people who claim to have applied the harshest sanctions in history against the dignity and prosperity of our nation," the Iran president added.

Trump sought to increase pressure on Iran during his speech at the UNGA asserting that the Rouhani government should halt  "fanatical" weapons drive and "aggression" in the Middle East.

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The Iran president while addressing world leaders at the UNGA, said: "How can someone believe them when the silent killing of a great nation, and pressure on the lives of 83 million Iranians, especially women and children, are welcomed by American government officials?"

"The Iranian nation will never, ever forget and forgive these crimes and these criminals," Rouhani added.

The Iran president also demanded that Saudi Arabia "terminate aggression in Yemen", saying that "The security of Saudi Arabia will be guaranteed with the termination of aggression in Yemen, rather than by inviting foreigners."

Rouhani tried to rally the countries in the Middle East to form a "Coalition for Hope" stating that "the security of the region shall be provided when American troops pull out."

"In the event of an incident, you and we shall not remain alone. We are neighbours with each other and not with the United States," he said.