Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi delivered his debut speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday as some American Iranians protested his presence on US soil.
Large crowds of people rallied outside the United Nations headquarters as Raisi was addressing world leaders during the 77th United Nations General Assembly summit.
"We are here to protest against the criminal mass murderer Raisi, the so-called president of Iran, who was appointed by the Supreme Leader,” said one of the protesters, adding that “He killed, he's part of that death squad in 1988 which executed 30,000 political prisoners in Iran," referring to the killing of political prisoners who were serving their prison sentences 34 years ago.
During his speech, Raisi raised the picture of Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force Commander who was killed al n a US drone airstrike outside Baghdad International Airport in 2020, Raisi, however, did not mention the death of Mahsa Amini who was killed in the custody of Iran’s hijab enforcement police, triggering nationwide protests.
Speaking shortly after Raisi at the Assembly, US President Joe Biden reiterated his willingness to revive the deal that former president Trump had abandoned in 2018, prompting Iran to begin violating its nuclear limitations, instigating fears that Tehran may be seeking to obtain an atomic weapon.