Speaking before the 13th Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Hassan Rouhani said "The majority of the members of the UN, including the 120 NAM states, have denounced the illegitimate, illegal, and political sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Imposing these sanctions is an uncivilized action and a dangerous heterodoxy which, by targeting common, innocent Iranians, intends to hinder the developmental progress of Iran.”
The president asserted "Iran, itself the main victim of chemical weapons, strongly opposes the production, storage, and application of these weapons; demanding the eradication of all mass destruction weapons in the area. It therefore recognizes the Russian initiative a suitable start toward that goal. We also believe that the armament of extremist and Takfiri groups, and especially their access to chemical weapons, is the most serious threat to regional peace and security and it must be considered in all plans. Also, all efforts to reach a political solution must condemn and nullify all resort to threat and force.”
He added that Iran recognizes disarmament and the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons necessary for international peace and, according to its legal responsibilities, religious teachings, and strategic considerations, is faithful to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran then pointed to the recent developments in Palestine and Syria, saying "The human catastrophe of Syria is solvable only through a political procedure and by negotiations between the Syrian government and its Syrian opposition, devoid of foreign military interference. All influential parties must help such a constructive negotiation such as Iran does.”