Iranian President at United Nations General Assembly

September 21, 2022
A photo of a structure in Tehran, the capital city of Iran

Iran is not seeking to obtain and build nuclear weapons.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaking at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

Big Picture: President Raisi's expressed Iran's willingness to return to a now-dormant nuclear deal which works to prevent Iran — one of four U.S.-designated state sponsors of terrorism — from developing its nuclear program through diplomacy. However, Pres. Raisi questioned the trustworthiness of the U.S. to stay committed to the deal, claiming the U.S. "trampled" on the previous deal (referring to when the U.S. withdrew from the nuclear accord in 2018 under former Pres. Trump).

As Iran cracks down on protests, its president assails 'double standards.' (The New York Times)

Iran says it's ready for new nuclear deal but asks if US is (The Associated Press)

United Nations General Assembly 2022 (SmartHER News)

by Jenna Lee,