Tehran, Iran, October 14
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
In his Friday speech, US President Donald Trump derailed an event that was meant to address Iran’s nuclear dossier, an expert believes.
“Rather than to address Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, for which the day had been set, Trump talked about non-nuclear issues and in fact derailed the event,” Hassan Lasjerdi, member of the Islamic Coalition Party’s central committee told Trend October 14.
Accusing Iran of sponsoring terrorism, Trump on Friday said Washington will adopt “tough sanctions” on the IRGC for its regional influence.
In the meantime, the Treasury announced it had put under sanctions a number of companies affiliated with the IRGC.
“Trump’s speech indicated that Iran’s nuclear deal and its implementation are not the focus of Washington’s Iran policy,” Lasjerdi noted.
“Trump’s speech addressed three non-nuclear issues in a bid to open new horizons with the world community to deal with Iran. The first issues was Iran’s regional influence. The second was allegations regarding terrorism. And the third was Iran’s defense capabilities, especially its missile program,” Lasjerdi added.
“We will counter threats to the United States and our allies from ballistic missiles and other asymmetric weapons,” Trump said during a speech in which he was supposed to announce Washington’s assessment of Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.
“We will work to deny the Iranian regime – and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – funding,” the US president added.