Rouhani warns Trump will suffer same fate as Saddam

Lester Mason
September 25, 2018

The European Union, has so far failed to devise a workable legal framework to shield its companies from U.S. sanctions that go into effect in November and that, among other things, seek to choke off Iran's oil sales, diplomats said.

US President Donald Trump is willing to meet with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations this week, US secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in an interview with NBC.

Rouhani said US President Donald Trump will fail in his confrontation with Iran. The White House also threatened secondary sanctions on any countries or companies that conduct transactions with Iran.

Rouhani also reiterated Tehran's long-held position that Iran will not compromise on its deterrent missile program. Economic pressure would not force Tehran to the negotiating table, Rouhani said.

Only the Israeli prime minister and royal families in Saudi Arabia and the UAE have expressed happiness over Trump's exit from the nuclear agreement and the reimposition of sanctions on Iran.

Foes for decades, Washington and Tehran have been increasingly at odds since May, with some US officials privately calling for regime change in Iran.

According to Bloomberg, Iran can attend the Security Council meeting if it is the main topic of discussion. Iran dismissed the offer.

At least 129 countries signed a nonbinding pledge, drafted by the USA, to take steps to reduce the demand for drugs in their countries, Reuters reported. "America will suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein", Rouhani said.

Despite Iran's fragile economy, weakened by decades of sanctions, corruption and mismanagement, it will be hard for Rouhani to consider diplomacy with the United States, which is rejected by Iran's powerful hardliners.

On Thursday, Trump called on OPEC to lower prices, after benchmark Brent oil reached $80 a barrel, mainly stemming from a decline in exports from Iran, because of fresh USA sanctions. "And we expect to go on exporting", Hossein Kazempour Ardebili said after the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) of members from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) non-cartel oil producers.

Some insiders said Rouhani holding talks with Trump would effectively kill the existing deal, which was championed by the Iranian president with the guarded backing of Iran's top authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of action, as the nuclear deal is officially known, was negotiated during the United States presidency of Barack Obama.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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