TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The two sides met on Monday in New York.
During the meeting, Guterres reiterated that Iran has lived up to its commitments to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), adding that the UN seeks closer interactions with Tehran on settling regional issues through diplomatic means.
The JCPOA was signed by Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany on July 14, 2015 and went into effect on January 16, 2016.
US President Donald Trump, who had made no secret of opposing the nuclear agreement in his election campaign, has threatened to “tear up” the agreement, calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated.”
Tensions have risen between Tehran and Washington since Trump entered the Oval Office, with each side accusing the other of failing to honor the spirit of the JCPOA.
During the meeting, Rouhani, for his part, urged the UN to implement the World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) resolution.
“Iran has engaged in valuable operations against terrorism in the region. Political solutions must be sought for regional problems,” he added.
Rouhani also highlighted the importance of supporting Iraq’s constitution and territorial integrity while stressing the dangers of the upcoming referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region.
The region is adamant to hold an independence referendum on September 25 despite regional and international opposition. Critics say partitioning Iraq could be the last thing the country, scarred by years of violence, needs.
Rouhani also met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Millennium hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.