Russian President Vladimir Putin derided USA efforts to end the Syria war, which has driven a tide of refugees into neighbouring states and Europe.
Obama stated that the Islamic State, also called ISIS, “depends on perpetual war to survive” but also “gains adherence because of a poisonous ideology”.
The leader hinted at the idea the US and Iran, as well as other countries, could see improved relations in the future.
The Iranians jailed in the US are reportedly locked up for thwarting worldwide sanctions and USA law by assisting the regime from inside America. “I oppose the Iran deal, but surely we can all agree that Iran should not reap any benefits from the USA until it has compensated the families of those whose lives were taken by Iranian terrorism“.
The Prime Minister will hold face-to-face talks with Mr Rouhani in New York as part of a United Nations summit.
Iran’s Shiite clerical regime has voiced concern over a future without Assad, a largely secular leader from the heterodox Alawite movement.
An ally of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, Iran has repeatedly argued that fighting IS jihadists must be the first priority in addressing the crisis from the four-year war.
The American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) had deployed hundreds of lobbyists on the US Capitol to try to convince lawmakers to vote against the nuclear agreement.
“If we are to succeed in defeating terrorism, the government in Damascus can not be weakened”, Mr Rouhani said. He urged all parties to comply with the agreement, which places curbs on the country’s atomic capability in exchange for sanctions relief, and to implement it without delay.
“The armed forces must urgently increase their readiness, so that the enemy dare not think of attacking”, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iranian agencies in a meeting with army commanders.
The president told Renzi that Tehran would like Rome to invest in Iran, transfer technology to the country and focus on the joint production of goods both for domestic use in the Islamic Republic and for export.
Ed Royce (R-CA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday calling on the president directly to slap sanctions against senior Iranian officials over “serious human rights abuses against the people of Iran”.
“Assad reacted to peaceful protests by escalating repression and killing, that in turn created an environment for current strife”, said Obama, adding that the Syrian population has been “brutalized by aggression and chemical bombing”.