Iran's Rohani Calls Out U.S.' 'Lack of Compliance' on Nuclear Deal

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Iranian president also blames world powers for spread of terrorism.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22, 2016.Drew Angerer, AFP

Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Thursday said that the United States' "lack of compliance" with a nuclear deal reached with six major powers and Iran in 2015 should be "rectified forthwith." 

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Iran's president also blamed world powers for the spread of terrorism over the past 15 years, saying their "repression and military intervention" has led to a more insecure world.

Rohani criticized a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing families of victims of bombing attacks linked to Iran to receive monetary damages from the country. At risk for Tehran is 1.75 billion in bonds, plus accumulating interest.

At the same time, he praised the nuclear deal reached with the United States and five other powers last year as a "win-win approach for both sides.

Rohani also called on Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia to "cease and desist" from division if Riyadh was serious about regional peace and security. 

The Iranian president said that if the Saudi government "is serious about its vision for development and regional security, it must cease and desist from divisive policies, spread of hate ideology and trampling upon the rights of neighbors."