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  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told U.N. member nations that his country has not "threatened anybody."

The leaders of Pakistan and Iran have criticized double standards at the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations.

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The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, argued that Iran was a peaceful country despite U.S. President Donald Trump's comments it was a "rogue state."

“We promote peace among peoples and nations. We have never defended tyranny, we have never threatened anyone. However, we do not accept threats from anyone,” said Rouhani.

He also noted that the “path of moderation is the path of peace; but a just and inclusive peace: not peace for one nation, and war and turmoil for others.”

His comments come one day after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the international nuclear deal with Tehran.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians during his speech at the U.N. assembly.

Abbas accused Israel of leading an Apartheid regime, destroying schools and targeted attacks against Palestinians.

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Abbas argued that Palestine's calls for help had “fallen on deaf ears.”

“I wonder how they can allow such double standards,” he asked in reference to the U.N.'s stance on Israel.

His speech comes a day after the United States inaugurated its first military base in Israel.

A few dozen U.S. soldiers will live and work on the base, situated inside the school of the Israeli Air Force, in Negev.

The U.S. Senate also recently approved a US$700 billion military-spending budget for 2018. The bill exceeds Trump's initial budget request by US$97 billion. It also eclipses a US$549 billion military spending cap established by the 2011 Budget Control Act.

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