Tensions with Iran take hold at UN General Assembly

The possibility of an interview between US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani, in New York, seems compromised.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) in Tehran on 8 September.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) in Tehran on 8 September. NAZANIN TABATABAEE / WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY VIA REUTERS

The Iranian question will dominate the work of the United Nations General Assembly which opens Monday, September 23rd, big annual meeting of the world diplomacy, when converts in New York the heads of state and government, or at least the foreign ministers of the 193 member states.

"I do not think there is a more serious threat today to peace and security in the world than the Gulf. This is clearly an area in which the Security Council has a vital role to play ", said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"There is the urgency of trying to start a process of de-escalation with a relaxation of the maximum pressure of the United States on Iran and the loosening of Tehran's maximum resistance strategy", the Elysée said, ensuring that it will be one of Emmanuel Macron's priorities in New York, which will meet both US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani.

Iran's September 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities by oil giant Aramco, however, leaves little hope that a meeting between Donald Trump and Hassan Rohani will materialize.

Read also Attacks on oil facilities: Riyadh presents evidence of Iran's involvement

"An act of war"

The idea was nonetheless on the table, already mentioned at the G7 summit in Biarritz in late August, when the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, arrived as a surprise guest on the sidelines of the meeting. While there was no meeting with a US representative, Donald Trump, at the end of the summit, said he was ready to meet Hassan Rohani in New York at the UN General Assembly.

The principle of a bilateral meeting, wanted by the American side, was finally abandoned because of the refusal of the Iranian authorities. On the other hand, the hypothesis of a wider meeting involving the leaders of the permanent members of the Security Council (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China) against the Iranian President was not ruled out. and Germany.

The withdrawal of the United States from the July 14, 2015 agreement, putting international control and freezing Tehran's nuclear program, and the reinstatement of their sanctions – they have hardened again in May – precipitated the current crisis, with the tanker boarding in the Strait of Hormuz, gradual disengagement by the Islamic Republic of some of the points of the 2015 agreement and the resumption of uranium enrichment beyond the authorized threshold of 3.67% .


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