tv Iranian President Rouhani Addresses U.N. General Assembly CSPAN September 26, 2020 7:27am-7:45am EDT
the organization and provide a decent life for future generations. i wish all the people of our planet peace and well-being. thank you. [applause] >> reporter: i think the president of the russian federation. >> in the name of god, the compassionate, the merciful, all praise belongs to the almighty god and peace and blessing upon his profit and his household and companions. mister president, i am delighted to congratulate you as the representative from our fraternal neighbor turkey on your well-deserved election as president of the 70 fifth session of the united nations
general assembly. allow me to wish every success to you, the honorable secretary-general and/or your colleagues in your efforts to realize the goals and objectives of the united nations. excellencies, the people of the world, having taken god giving blessings of health and security, was suddenly shaken by the outbreak of covid-19. in spite of its minuscule size covid-19 managed to challenge global management and natural governance so seriously that the world's most significant assembly might as well be convening virtually through videoconference.
covid-19 is now a common pain for humanity thanks to the rapid growth of science, technology and the media. this common pain has demonstrated that despite all progress, our ignorance as humans far outweighs our knowledge. covid-19 is calling us to more humility and humbleness before the almighty and the truth of creation. it is guiding human societies towards civil piety in promoting social and individual ethics as well as environmental degradation and manipulation of nature and unhindered interference in the creation.
this universal plague that has crossed over fabricated boundaries of power and wealth reminds us once again as members of human society that it would be impossible to confront common global issues without global participation. all of us across the globe are experiencing difficult times during the pandemic. however, my nation, the resilient people of iran instead of glowing partnership and cooperation is grappling with the harshest sanctions in history imposed in blatant and gross violation of the charter of the united nations, international agreements and security council resolution 2231.
ladies, gentlemen, the footage broadcast to the world concerning the treatment of an african-american by the us police is reminiscent of our own experience. we instantly recognize the feet kneeling on the neck as the feet of arrogance on the neck of independent nations. for decades the valiant iranian nation has paid a similar high price for its quest to freedom and liberation from domination and despotism. however, the iranian nation has not only resisted the pressure, but flourished and advanced while persistently pursuing its
historical and civilizational wall as the axis of peace and stability, the harbinger of dialogue and tolerance and the champion of the fight against k on british occupation and extremism. we stood with the people of afghanistan against soviet occupiers, domestic warlords, extremists, al qaeda terrorists, the american occupiers. and we played a pivotal wall in all peace and reconciliation processes, the 2001 bond conference for regional initiatives. in the mid-1980s we called for collective security
arrangements in the persian gulf even as all the global and regional powers were backing saddam hussein's tanker war. in 2013, we proposed war against violence and extremism which was unanimously adopted by this assembly. in 2018 we offered a nonaggression pact to our neighbors and in 2019 we presented hope, to this general assembly in an effort to enhance peace and civility in the persian gulf. we were the first country in the region to stand with the people and government of kuwait against operation -- occupation by saddam and it was iran that
foiled his dream of dominating all his former arab allies. we stood with the people of iraq against saddam's tierney, us occupation and dae sch savagery. we supported all iraqis and supported democratic achievements of iraqi people from the governing council in 2003, to all elected governments ever since. we stood alongside the people of syria against separatists and foreign fighters. we presented our four point
peace plan centered on self determination by the syrian people in 2013 when others were seeking a military solution. in 2016 we formed the process in partnership with russia and turkey aimed at achieving peace and political stability in syria. we stood with the people and government of lebanon against zionist occupiers, domestic warmongers and foreign plotters. we never ignored occupation, genocide, forced displacement and races in palestine and we never made a deal over the holy cuts and fundamental rights of the palestinian people.
in 2012 we presented a demographic solution through referendum in palestine. we vociferously called for justice against aggression for the besieged people of yemen and presented a full point peace plan at the outset of hostilities in 2015. report alone and single-handedly against extremists and terrorists who claim to be fighting for islam in a sensitive region of the world so the international community would recognize the true face of islam. the moderate and rational islam, and not extremism the -- extremism and demagoguery. are assassinated hero, general soleimani was the champion of
the fight against violent extremism in the middle east and fought to protect all citizens of this region, religious or secular, muslim or christian, she or sunni, against medieval reactionaries. in 2015, we achieved the jcp a as one of the biggest accomplishments in the history of diplomacy and remain faithful to it in spite of persistent violations by the united states. mister president, such a nation does not deserve sanctions. the response to peace is not war. the reward for combating extremism is not assassination.
the reaction to the choice of people through the ballot box in iran, iraq and lebanon is not outside agitation and support for nondemocratic processes and street riots. words and claims are not our yardstick. actions are. they claimed they came to our region to fight saddam hussein, the very monster they had themselves created, nurtures and financed in his imposed war against iran equipping him with chemical weapons and the most sophisticated war machine. they pledged to be fighting terrorism while they themselves created this terror network and they have the audacity to
expect regional gratitude for such behavior. they accuse us without any foundation of trying to build nuclear weapons, they impose sanctions under the pretext of nuclear proliferation. this is while they have the infamy of sole user of atomic bombs in the history of humanity and while the only processor of nuclear weapons in west asia is running their nonproliferation theater. they speak of human rights while they have targeted through maximum pressure health, welfare, sustenance and even the right to life of all iranian's. they are directly involved along with the regional
accomplices in every single case of occupation, war, aggression in palestine, yemen and color, syria, lebanon, somalia, yet they blame iran for their own inevitable defeats in confronting the will of the people of the region. they are sold hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons to their clients, turning our region into a powder cake, yet they tried in vain to deprive iran of its minimum defense requirements and disregard international law and global consensus in order to extend arms restrictions against iran in contravention of the letter of the united nations security council resolution 2231. here i should express our appreciation to the president
of the security council for the month of august and september of 2020 as well as 13 of its members, especially russia and china who twice stood a decisive and resulting now to the unlawful us attempt to exploit the council and its resolution 2231. this is a victory not just for iran but for the global community during the transitional international order in the post-western world. a victory that an aspirant of hegemony is humiliated in such self-created isolation. ladies, gentlemen, where can you find precedent for a government to renege without any reason on the outcome of 13
years of multilateral talks, handed by its predecessor, shamelessly violated resolution of the security council, even punish others for abiding by a united nations security council resolution? and simultaneously claim to be seeking negotiations? the the united states can impose neither negotiations more war. life is hard on the sanctions. however, harder is life without independence. political freedom at home is important for us. we as the oldest democracy in the middle east are proud of our people determining their destiny and will not trade
domestic freedom with foreign interference. democracy is the sovereign right of a nation and not the right of interference by an outsider. let alone a terrorist and interventionist outside of the remains captive to the illusions of the nineteenth of august 1953 when its predecessors overthrew the only democracy in the middle east through a coup d'état. dignity and prosperity of our nation are essential for us and diplomacy relying on national will coupled with resilience. we are not the bargaining chip in us elections and domestic policy.
any us administration will have no choice but to surrender to the resilience of the iranian nation and for the world, today is the time to say no to bullying and arrogance. the era of dominance and hegemony is long over. our nations and children deserve a better and safer world based on the will of law. now is the time for the right choice. i thank you for your attention. >> i now give the floor to the existing was representative of the united states to introduce