0640 GMT September 26, 2022
Raeisi made the remark on Monday upon arrival in New York to take part in the 77th annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Press TV wrote.
Asked about the subject matters that he will address during his visit and address to the UNGA session, the Iranian president said he will use the opportunity to explain the Islamic Republic's standpoints and perspectives.
“The United Nations should be truly an organization for all nations. It must not be an organization for powerful governments,” he added.
“We are now faced with a host of global problems and issues, which can be naturally discussed in such meetings to find solutions,” Raeisi said.
He noted that since such problems are general problems affecting the entire world, their solutions must be found through collective wisdom.
The Iranian president reflected on the issue of unilateral sanctions imposed on countries, describing such unilateral coercive measures as a "weapon in the hands of major powers used to pressure other nations”.
He said the sanctions are at odds with "peace, calm, and security”, and mostly harm nations.
Raeisi’s remarks came as he is scheduled to address the world body amid the U.S. ongoing sanctions against Iran, which Washington returned after leaving a historic 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The United States retains the coercive economic measures, although it is bound by an International Court of Justice ruling to lift those bans that prevent exports of humanitarian goods to the Islamic Republic.
"Naturally, other nations [which are subjected to unilateral sanctions] will have to resort to countermeasures," Raeisi said, referring to the countermeasures that the Islamic Republic has been employing in reaction to the sanctions.
Turning to the issue of terrorism, the president noted that this phenomenon is the source of a large part of displacements across the world.
He also criticized the support provided by certain countries and international players for the terrorist groups.
The president finally addressed the issue of war and bloodshed throughout the world, reaffirming the Islamic Republic's outright opposition to all forms of conflict.
“These issues must be discussed and their solutions, as I said before, are [recourse to] collective wisdom and discussions [among nations],” he said.
“All these [three major] problems are results of unilateralism in the world; I mean, unilateralism gives birth to such issues that are currently tormenting the human societies,” Iran's president said.
He concluded by saying that such sessions should be held in order to find solutions to these problems.
Before leaving Tehran for New York on Monday morning, Raeisi said he had no plans to meet with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, on the UNGA’s sidelines.
“There is no plan for talks or meetings with American rulers during the trip,” he said, dismissing the speculation about a meeting with Biden for the second time since last week.
He expressed hope that the trip would be fruitful for “our country and system and the Muslim and oppressed nations of the world.”
Raeisi added his visit to New York comes at the invitation of UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
He said taking part in the UNGA session provides an opportunity to voice Iran’s rational and logical views, noting that since the “global media atmosphere” is dominated by major powers and the hegemonic system, this opportunity should be used for clarifying the country’s positions and inform the world of the cruelties inflicted on the great Iranian nation.
He added today, human societies are suffering from cruelty and injustice, highlighting the necessity of participation in the UNGAs session and throwing light on such matters.
Raeisi said he will attend bilateral meetings with some countries’ leaders on the sidelines of the UNGA session.
He gave the assurance that “we will defend the great Iranian nation’s rights without stuttering and explain the cruelty and corruption the world is suffering from”.