Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday. Among his topics and remarks:
--On U.S.-Iran relations: Rouhani said that his country "does not seek to increase tensions with the United States." He said he listened carefully to U.S. President Barack Obama's earlier 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."
--On Syria: The common objective of the international community regarding Syria "should be a quick end of the killing of the innocent ... While condemning any use of chemical weapons, we welcome Syria's acceptance of the Chemical Weapons Convention," Rouhani said, adding that extremists' access to chemical weapons was the "greatest danger to the region."
--On nuclear talks: Rouhani says his country is prepared for immediate nuclear talks that are "time-bound and result-oriented ... to build mutual confidence and removal of mutual uncertainties."
Rouhani once again said Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. "I declare here openly and unambiguously that not withstanding the positions of others this has been and will always be the objective of Iran," Rouhani says. "Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran's security and defense doctrine."
Rouhani said Iran is no threat to the world. "My country has been a harbinger of peace and security," he says.
--On Iran in the international community: Iran seeks to resolve problems, not to create them," Rouhani says, pushing for the "rejection of violence and extremism."
Rouhani decried U.N. sanctions in his speech. "Sanctions, beyond any and all rhetoric, cause belligerence, warmongering and human suffering," he said.
--On global affairs: Rouhani decried what he called the "persistence of cold war mentality" and the "bipolar division of the world into a superior us and inferior others."
Alongside fears facing the world, there are "new hopes," Rouhani said at the U.N. General Assembly: "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."
Rouhani told the General Assembly: "The current critical period of transition in international relations is replete with danger but has unique opportunities."