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It started badly:

#Iran's president Hassan Rowhani says he was "elected" on a platform of "moderation and respect for human rights". #UNGA
#Iran without shame about its mass-murder in #Syria:

Hassan Rowhani at #UNGA: Iran engaged in "constructive engagement" around the world.
Hassan Rowhani at #UNGA: Iran has "experienced free and democratic governance for ... four decades".
Hassan Rowhani at the #UNGA is now musing on the benefits of "moderation", not dominating your neighbours, and revolts against tyranny.
#Iran's president Hassan Rowhani says moderation does not mean having peace at home and imposing war on others abroad. #UNGA
Hassan Rowhani says the Iranian revolution can "never condone tyranny ... and never threatens anyone."#UNGA
Hassan Rowhani has found the limit to his moderation: the Jews.

#Iran's president refers to the "rogue and racist regime" in #Israel.
Hassan Rowhani invokes the suffering of Muslims in #Syria and #Yemen as if #Iran was not the lead author of their misery. #UNGA
Hassan Rowhani says #Iran is a bastion of religious and ethnic tolerance, which always supports the oppressed. #UNGA
Hassan Rowhani insists his government is on the frontline of "fighting", rather than sponsoring, "terrorism and religious extremism". #UNGA
Hassan Rowhani says #Iran fights against terrorism for the sake of humanity, and has no imperial ambitions or sectarian motives at all #UNGA
Hassan Rowhani at #UNGA on the spread of #Iran's revolution: "We enter hearts and engage minds."

It's nothing to do with the Quds Force.
#Iran's president Hassan Rowhani at #UNGA: "We are not preaching moderation, we are practicing it."
Do not understand how representatives at the #UNGA hall have not collapsed in the aisleways with laughter at Rowhani's speech, or walked out
Hassan Rowhani waxing about #JCPOA as a model for int'l cooperation, except the nasties who have "imposed sanctions against themselves".
Hassan Rowhani really does protest too much: says #Iran's regime is not trying to restore the Persian Empire, nor build nuclear weapons.
#Iran is clearly alarmed Trump will abrogate the #JCPOA: Hassan Rowhani says the U.S. will damage its credibility if it pulls out. #UNGA
Hassan Rowhani says #Iran is committed to a World against Violence and Extremism ("WAVE"), a "positive-sum paradigm" of "dialogue".
Hassan Rowhani attacks President Trump's language yesterday as "hateful" and "unfit to be heard at the United Nations". #UNGA
Wrong on its face. There is, as the regime Rowhani serves has shown, no depths to which the U.N. cannot sink.
Hassan Rowhani says #Iran's missiles and weapons are solely for defensive means against "adventurous tendencies of irrational" actors. #UNGA
Hassan Rowhani condemns "foreign intervention and the imposition of alien wishes", says #Syria + #Yemen can't be resolved by military means.
Hassan Rowhani: #Syria must be settled by "acceptance of the will...of the populace."

Which is why #Iran rescued Asad from a popular revolt
Hassan Rowhani is very worried about states using resources to spread instability, death, and give rise to extremists and terrorists. #UNGA
It's like a Davos seminar:

Hassan Rowhani at #UNGA: Iran has a $1tn expansion potential of "sustainable" growth by "global cooperation"
Hassan Rowhani at #UNGA: Iran wants to build a "secure and stable region based on ethics and respect for international law".
Hassan Rowhani at #UNGA: invites investors to Iran.

Only some of the money will be used for terrorism; only some visitors will be locked up
In an era with more self-respect, Rowhani-style blandishments and mendacity would incite a visceral loathing in interlocutors. Alas.
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