Iran's President Hassan Rouhani makes a surprise appearance on the podium on the third day of the United Nations General Assembly 68th session general debate to urge nuclear disarmament.
NEW YORK — Hassan Rouhani, the newly elected president of Iran, on Thursday called for the eradication of nuclear arms from the world because “there are no right hands for these wrong weapons.”
In an address to the United Nations General Assembly, Rouhani invoked the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and said that any use of a nuclear weapon is a “crime against humanity.
” He said that the world should focus instead on wiping out poverty, ignorance and disease.
“Let us bestow upon future generations a nuclear weapon-free world,” he said. “This is their right and our responsibility. Let us prove that we are the United Nations, nations united for peace.”
Rouhani made the remarks at a General Assembly session on nuclear disarmament.
In a previous address to a broader audience, Rouhani said that his country poses “absolutely no threat to the world” and that he is engaged in talks to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
Later Thursday, the foreign ministers of the United States, Russia and four other countries are to meet with the top diplomat in Iran to test Iran’s willingness to reach a deal.
In his speech to the session on disarmament, Rouhani said that nuclear weapons are “the greatest threat to peace” and said that reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world is no substitute for eliminating them.