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The President of the Iranian regime, Hassan Rouhani, is scheduled to head to New York on September 25th. Like the previous year, he will be attending the UN General Assembly.
The Iranian opposition suggests the United Nations will be damaged thru Rouhani’s presence. Rouhani should be dismissed from the UN as his presence is against peace; his attendance will harm human rights and violate the United Nations’ founding principles.
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Things are going to be very different this time in New York for Rouhani. First of all, this will be the first UN General Assembly since the United States withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Iran. Rouhani had considered this agreement to be important for his presidential legacy; but now, it’s more like a rope tightening around the neck of his whole system.
Secondly, President Trump will be heading the Security Council meeting.
Third, the Iranian regime is fraught with a variety of economic and social crises, but the main crisis and challenge is the threat of regime change, a serious matter that is furthered by the main Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Whenever possible, the Iranian authorities complain about the NCRI and MEK. One recent instance was Zarif’s tweet that demanded to close offending social media accounts. Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari is the current Minister of Iran’s Foreign Affairs.
The Security Council’s member states are also expected to attend the United Nations’ summit due to the coordinated meeting times. Iran can also participate but it doesn’t look as though it will.
Hussein Shariatmadari, director of the Kayhan government newspaper, advised Rouhani not to travel to New York. He reckons Iran can humiliate Trump by not participating in the United Nations session. Shariatmadari finds this necessary to counter ‘the psychological policies’ directed by the Trump administration against Iran. He wants Iran to roll in only at the foreign ministry level with Trump chairing the Security Council. He plans to cheer Zarif to turn the Security Council session into a trial for Trump’s misleading policies. They expect Zarif to put on a show with his English and knowledge of certain issues.
Whether Rouhani does or does not participate in the Security Council is a minor issue. The Iranian people believe the current regime in Iran should be banned from going to the UN, as it is just a show for the Mullahs.
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Rouhani, who has long been a key player for overseeing the regime’s nuclear projects, said this on August 22 at the regime’s Ministry of Defense, “We will not comply with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. The resolution will not be our obstacle. We will, whenever we want, buy weapons and we will not await anyone’s approval. We will not look at any resolutions. We will sell weapons wherever necessary, we will sell without any consideration or obligation towards any resolution.”