Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lambasted President Donald Trump for the allegedly “incorrect” statements he made Friday during a speech in which he decertified Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal set up under former President Barack Obama.
After deriding Trump's statements as “nothing new,” Rouhani told Trump, who used his speech to pit the Iranian regime against its own people, he couldn't “sow discord” and that the people and politicians of Iran were “united” against the Trump administration.
During his speech, Rouhani said that despite the use of certain slogans by his countrymen, Iran still respected the American people:
“You are not happy with the slogans made by the Iranian nation, then stop your hostile attitude toward Iran. We do respect the people of America, even today. However, your incorrect policies are not accepted here and will never be accepted here. The slogan of the Iranian nation is not against the people of America. It is against the wrong policies of the United States.”
Rouhani likely referred to Iran's frequent “Death to America” chant, which Trump decried during his speech earlier that day. The Iranian president further pressed for the United States to reform its diplomacy and learn how to treat other nations.
During that speech, Trump sharply condemned Iran, called for additional sanctions, and described the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a branch of Iran's armed forces, as threatening “all nations and the global economy.”
As The Los Angeles Times reported, the IRGC defended its effectiveness and stated its activities prevented terrorism from overwhelming countries in the Middle East.
“If the IRGC had not taken effective measures, terrorism would have overwhelmed many countries in the region,” the military said through the Sepah news agency.
Watch Rouhani's comments below, via CNN.