Iran president says not seeking nuclear weapons, urges US guarantees
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Raisi, a hardline cleric, addressed the world body just hours before US President Joe Biden was set to take the stage, amid a surge of tension over an Iran nuclear deal that remains blocked despite months of negotiations, and mounting pressure over the country's human rights record.
"All of this is taking place in an environment where countries themselves that seek to show us unjustly as a threat keep pursuing nuclear weapons and development and testing," Raisi said, claiming there is a "double standard" when it comes to discussion of Iran's nuclear science capacity as well as women's rights.
"We all know that it's only for human and peaceful endeavors," Raisi said of his country's nuclear program.
"But some countries are keen on portraying this as a threat, in order to sweep under the rug what they should rightly face themselves, which should be denuclearization."
Raisi voiced doubt about the Biden administration's sincerity.
"They keep repeating the same stories of the past which puts a great deal of doubt on their true commitment to return to the agreement," he said.
"Can we truly trust -- without guarantees and assurances -- that they will decide to live up to that commitment?"