Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech at the United Nations

Below is an excerpt. In his full speech he pointed out, among other issues, that war in Afghanistan and Iraq caused destruction and instability - not peace and stability. He stated that the turbulence in the Middle East will not help the world or 'super- powers'. He also talked about the plight of the Palestinians and brutality of Israel.

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"The speech wasn’t an unqualified embrace of the west. Rouhani condemned what he said was the “persistence of a Cold War mentality” and the “bipolar division of the world into a superior us and an inferior others.” He denounced the use of drone strikes in the Middle East and called the U.N. sanctions against his country “violent—pure and simple,” adding they “cause belligerence, war-mongering and human suffering.”

Read more NBC News here.

Full speech:


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