Trump's Withdrawal From Nuclear Accord Broke Trust Between Us, Iranian President Tells Fox News

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Iranian President Rohani giving an interview to Fox News' Chris Wallace, New York, September 25, 2019.
Iranian President Rohani giving an interview to Fox News' Chris Wallace, New York, September 25, 2019. Credit: AP

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from Iran's nuclear accord with world powers has shattered the trust between Teheran and Washington, Iranian President Hassan Rohani told Fox News on Wednesday.

In an interview with Fox News, Rohani said that in order to restore the lost trust, the United States must remove the sanctions it imposed on Iran, and ruled out a meeting with trump while they both attend the United States General Assembly.

When asked about Trump's remarks at the General Assembly, in which he accused Iran of supporting terrorism in the Middle East and spreading anti-Semitism, Rohani said that "Today, America, unfortunately, is the supporter of terrorism in our region and wherever America has gone, terrorism has expanded in the wake."

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In addition, the Iranian president claimed that Israel is aiding the Islamic State in Syria by smuggling weapons to its members and providing them with medical assistance.

Touching on the possibility of resuming negotiations with the U.S., Rohani reiterated that "prior to that, we must create mutual trust, and the trust that is something that Mr. Trump took away from this framework. We had an agreement. Mr. Trump exited without a valid justification, and illegally, from an international agreement."

The Iranian leader added that if the Trump administration is interested in holding talks, "it must create the needed conditions." In addition, Rohani said that removing the sanctions imposed on his country, which he called "a type of terrorism," could advance renewed trust between both parties.  

Following the interview, French President Emmanuel Macron said the conditions have been created for a "rapid restart of negotiations" between the United States and Iran on its nuclear program and regional security.

Macron spoke after meeting with Rohani and Trump on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

Macron told reporters Tuesday night that meetings this week had laid the groundwork for the negotiations to start again. He said it would now be up to the U.S. and Iran to "seize on those conditions."

He added that a meeting in person this week between Trump and Rohani would be both "useful and desirable."

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