Written by Staff Writer
26 Sep, 2018 | 2:43 pm
US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani clashed sharply at the UN General Assembly, with the former urging the international community to isolate Tehran from global trade, and the latter calling US sanctions “economic terrorism”.
Weeks of speculation about a possible breakthrough meeting devolved into a war of words over Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran.
Trump fired the first volley, repeating his administration’s contention that Iran is the world’s “leading sponsor of terrorism”. Trump promised Iran would face more economic difficulties when the second round of sanctions targeting the energy sector snap back on November 5.
Rouhani later hit back at Trump saying his decision to impose more sanctions is a form of “economic terrorism”, accusing the US administration of trying to topple his government. Without directly naming Trump, he said some world leaders are undermining world security by their “recklessness and disregard of international values and institutions”.
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