US-Iran: Donald Trump And Hassan Rouhani Criticises Each Other At The UN General Assembly
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by criticising the Trump administration for its hostility.
The accord, negotiated by former President Barack Obama, saw Iran limit its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the plan as “one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable”.
Mr Bolton said the “murderous regime” of “mullahs in Tehran” would face significant consequences if they continued to “lie, cheat and deceive”.
“If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens,” he said, “there will indeed be hell to pay.”
“Let my message today be clear: We are watching, and we will come after you.”
Mr Bolton, who has argued for military action against Iran in the past, said the US would be aggressive in enforcing economic sanctions.
“They do not respect their neighbours or borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.”
How did Iran respond?
Mr Rouhani said dialogue should begin by ending threats and what he called “unjust sanctions”, adding that no nation could be brought to the negotiating table by force.
“The United States’ understanding of international relations is authoritarian.
In its estimation might makes right. Its understanding of power, not of legal and legitimate authority, is reflected in bullying and imposition,” he said in New York.
Iran has accused Mr Trump of waging “psychological warfare” against it and denies any involvement in terrorism. It insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.
In November, a second batch of potentially more damaging sanctions will be re-imposed on Iran’s oil and shipping sectors as well as its central bank.
Where do other key nations stand?
The remaining members in the nuclear deal say they will set up a new payment system to allow oil companies and businesses to continue trading without relying on the US-led global market and dollar.
Exactly how the system would work is still being determined.
The plan has infuriated the US.
“By sustaining revenues to the regime you are solidifying Iran’s ranking as number one state sponsor of terror.”
In his speech at the UN, French President Emmanuel Macron called for “dialogue and multilateralism” on Iran, remarks widely seen as directed at Mr Trump.