Rouhani: US Threat to Stop Iranian Oil Exports 'Empty Promise'

Iran President Rouhani and U.S. President Trump.
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Iran President Rouhani and U.S. President Trump. Drop of Light Shutterstock and Office of President of Russia

As for the USA policy regarding Israel-Palestine peace, Trump said "America's policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage to old dogmas, discredited ideologies, and so-called experts who have been proven wrong over the years, time and time again".

The Iranian president also said that the recently implemented United States sanctions amount to "economic terrorism".

The president said the location for a second summit with Kim is still to be determined, but officials have said Trump is holding out hope it could take place on American soil.

"They sow chaos, death and destruction", Trump said.

Trump often criticized former President Barack Obama, tweeting he was a "laughing stock to the entire World" because of his ineffective leadership.

During the meeting, Trump threatened that any individuals or entities that fail to comply with Iran sanctions will "face server consequences" and stressed that the United States will ensure Iran will never get a nuclear bomb.

Pompeo's comments and the lengthy report come as Trump prepares to chair a Security Council session Wednesday that is expected to focus heavily on Iran.

When he took the podium hours later, Rouhani responded to Trump's anti-Iran remarks.

Trump maintained that the 2015 nuclear deal to end Iran's nuclear weapons program, which he withdrew the United States from, was a "windfall for Iran's leaders" and boosted its military budget by almost 40-percent to "finance terrorism and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen".

"I ask all members of the Security Council to work with the United States to ensure the Iranian regime changes its behavior and never acquires a nuclear bomb", he said.

"The United States is not capable of bringing our oil exports to zero", Rouhani told NBC News' Lester Holt in an exclusive interview set to air in full Monday evening."This is an empty promise, and it's a threat that is empty of credibility".

It was Trump's first experience leading a session of the UN's most powerful body, where the USA now holds the rotating presidency.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration had withdrawn from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed a series of tough sanctions on Iran.

"Regrettably we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration", he said.

"For the first time, the U.S. president was asking other members not to adhere to a resolution of the very same Security Council over which he was presiding", quipped Rouhani.

"We can not allow the world's leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet's most risky weapons", he said. "They needed cash. We gave it to them".

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