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Iran president blasts
Trump UN speech
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yestersday
blasted President Trump's inaugural speech at the
United Nations the day before, in which Trump
tore into the Iranian nuclear deal.
In remarks to the UN General Assembly, Rou-
hani called Trump's speech "ignorant, absurd and
hateful rhetoric, illed with ridiculously baseless
allegations," and warned Trump against his con-
tinued criticism of the Iran nuclear agreement,
according to reports.
"By violating its international commitments, the
new US administration only destroys its own cred-
ibility and undermines international con idence in
negotiating with it or accepting its word or prom-
ise," Rouhani continued. "It will be a great pity
if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue
newcomers to the world of politics."
The Iranian president added that his country
"will respond decisively to its violation by any
In his Tuesday speech, Trump sharply criticised
the nuclear agreement struck in 2015 by his pre-
decessor, former President Obama, with the goal
of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weap-
ons. Trump called the deal an "embarrassment"
to the United States in his address to the general
"The Iran deal was one of the worst and most
one-sided transactions the United States has ever
entered into," Trump said Tuesday. "Frankly, that
deal is an embarrassment to the United States and
I don't think you have heard the last of it, believe
Trump announced yesterday morning that he
has made his inal call on whether the US will stay
in agreement, though he wouldn't say what it is.
"I have decided," he said. "I'll let you know what
the decision is." (AP)
MADRID Thousands of people supporting a contested
referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelo-
na's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown
on the independence vote that included the arrests of a
dozen regional of icials yesterday and the seizure of ten
million ballot papers.
The arrests---the irst involving Catalan of icials since
the campaign to hold an independence vote began in
earnest in 2011---prompted a pro-independence coalition
of Catalan political parties and civic organisations to say
casting a ballot was as much about dignity as whether to
break away from Spain.
Regional government of icials, including Catalonia's
president, so far have vowed to ignore a Constitutional
Court order to suspend the Oct. 1 referendum while
judges assess its legality. Spanish Prime Minister Mari-
Clash over Catalan vote heats up
A demonstrator holds up a banner reading "We vote to be free" as she tries
with others to stop the car carrying Xavier Puig, a senior at the Department
of External Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency of the Catalan
Government office, after he was arrested by Guardia Civil officers in
Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.
ano Rajoy said yesterday that because the Catalan
government is violating the Spanish Constitution,
"logically, the state has to act."
"No democratic state in the world would accept
what these people are proposing," Rajoy said.
Catalan nationalists argue that self-determination
is an inalienable right that can't be curbed by any
constitution. The prime minister's determination to
prevent the ballot has backing from most Spanish
Some members of Rajoy's conservative govern-
ment have even referred to the standoff as demo-
cratic Spain's greatest political crisis since 1981, a
failed coup attempt in the country's parliament that
came only three years after the of icial end of Gen
Francisco Franco's dictatorship.
The Catalonia branch of Spain's High Court said
yesterday that some 20 people were being investi-
gated for alleged disobedience, abuse of power and
embezzlement related to the referendum. Police
acting on a judge's orders searched 42 premises,
including six regional government of ices, of icials'
private of ices and homes, as well as three compa-
nies in Barcelona, the court said in a statement.
The arrests risked stoking public anger in Cata-
lonia, where pro-independence passions can run
high. Several thousand independence supporters
gathered to angrily protest the raids outside gov-
ernment of ices in Barcelona, which is Catalonia's
capital. Some demonstrators sat down in the street
to block police cars, while a few scuffled with police
Protests also occurred in other Catalan towns and
in Spain's capital, Madrid. There were no reports of
arrests and one person was reported injured, ac-
cording to the regional police.
Catalonia's president, Carles Puigdemont, blasted
the police operations as "unlawful" and accused
the national government of adopting a "totalitarian
attitude." He accused Madrid of bringing a state of
emergency to Catalonia and of effectively cancelling
the northeastern region's self-rule. (AP)
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