US had no achievements at UNGA: Iran

‘Trump should stop interfering in MidEast’

Published: September 27, 2018 21:22:00

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

The United States (US) was not able to register any achievements at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting which took place this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, reports Reuters.

Rouhani and US President Donald Trump exchanged threats and insults during their speeches at the UN assembly.

"The Americans had no achievements in this public assembly," Rouhani said, at a news conference broadcast on state TV on his return to Tehran.

The assembly had shown America's isolation, he said.

"When Mr. Trump was speaking and at the beginning of his speech bragged a lot about the accomplishments of his two year old administration, everyone laughed."

"What's important is that today, other than one or two countries, no one is supporting America," he said. "It's a historic political isolation that is rare for America."

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump should stop interfering in the Middle East if he wants the price of oil to stop rising, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

"Mr Trump is trying to seriously reduce exports of Iran's oil and also ensure the price of oil does not go up, but these two cannot happen together," Zanganeh said, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency.

"If he wants the price of oil not to go up and the market not to get destabilised, he should stop unwarranted and disruptive interference in the Middle East and not be an obstacle to the production and export of Iran's oil."

Trump, not the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, is behind the recent rise in prices, Zanganeh said.

"Trump blames OPEC for what he has created and caused: the rise of the price of oil and disturbance in the market."

OPEC members do not have the capacity to increase production, Zanganeh said.

In a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, Trump reiterated calls on OPEC to pump more oil and stop raising prices. He also accused Iran of sowing chaos and promised further sanctions on the country.

The United States will apply sanctions to halt oil exports from Iran, the third-largest producer in OPEC, starting onNov. 4. The pending loss of Iranian supply has been a major factor in the recent surge in crude prices.

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