Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:5-9)
By Jim Sciutto. Jennifer Rizzo and Tom Cohen
United Nations (CNN) — Iran is prepared to engage in nuclear talks and nuclear weapons have no place in his country’s security, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday.
In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly, he said that Iran would be willing to “engage immediately in time-bound and result-oriented talks to build mutual confidence and removal of mutual uncertainties.”
“Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions,” Rouhani said.
He decried international sanctions against Iran.
“Sanctions, beyond any and all rhetoric, cause belligerence, war-mongering and human suffering,” he said.
“Iran seeks to resolve problems, not to create them,” Rouhani said, pushing for the “rejection of violence and extremism.”
Alongside fears facing the world, there are “new hopes,” he said. “The hope of universal acceptance and the elite all across the globe of yes to peace and no to war. And the hope of preference of dialogue over conflict, and moderation over extremism.”
Striking a conciliatory tone, Rouhani said that Iran “does not seek to increase tensions with the United States.”
Rouhani said he listened carefully to U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech and hoped that the United States “will refrain from following the short-sighted interests of warmongering pressure groups” so that the two nations “can arrive at a framework to manage our differences.”