Sep 29, 2018, 3:00 PM
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Trump despises, Rouhani adores multilateralism: Malay analyst

Kuala Lumpur, Sept 29, IRNA – The obvious difference between speeches of the US President Donald Trump and Iran President Hassan Rouhani is that Trump despises multilateral system such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court as claimed by the US President, lecturer of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) said.

Professor Azmi Hassan told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that the reason is that Trump doesn't like outsiders decide for the Americans.

He said contrary to Rouhani, Iran is basically for multilateral system and therefore supported and would like to be involved in the nuclear agreement.

However, 'Trump's speech is very combative to the point of isolating the United States from the rest of the world,' commented the analyst, adding that meanwhile, Rouhani’s speech was very moderate and well-received, added Azmi Hassan.

Saying that global media, including those of the US, are very critical of Trump's speech, the Malay analyst added, 'The US media are ridiculing Trump,' especially 'when he claimed he has done more compared to previous US administration.'

Azmi Hassan added that it has been reported that other nations that are involved in the agreement, such as the EU and Russia, are formulating a strategy so that they can trade with Iran even though the country is facing the unilateral sanction by the US.

This strategy via Special Purpose Vehicle makes it legal for Iran's bank and the banks in the EU and Russia to perform money transaction, said the analyst, adding that if this succeeds, then the sanctions by the US mean nothing.

He said that Trump's speech can be considered as a warning and bordering on bullying onto other nations, Iran in particular.

Talking about Iran, Trump not only warned the country with a sovereign nation, but he also ridiculed President Rouhani, which is 'unbecoming for a statement coming from a nation that professes democracy.'

'But again I doubt other world leaders subscribe to Trump tactic because in the same breath Trump put out the good words on Kim Jong-un.'

Saying that the international community is quite alarmed with the tone of Trump speech on international stage, he said it was expected and that there is no difference between Trump's 2017 and 2018 speeches at the UNGA.

He also said that about the issues of Iran, Yemen or Palestine on which he talked, Trump and the US seemed to be 'alone and isolated.'


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