Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump delivers address to United Nations General Assembly

Trump delivers address to United Nations General Assembly

The top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader on Tuesday rejected a USA offer for top-level meetings, as both countries' presidents were due to attend the U.N. General Assembly in NY.

Now, that phrase might sound about right considering the events of the past two years. "We are standing up for America and for the American people, and we are also standing up for the world".

He added that in the 16 meetings he had had with heads of states on the trip to NY, they all had expressed their support for Iran nuclear deal. He insisted his focus on American "sovereignty" has paid off, helping to foster both peace and prosperity.

In rhetorical exchanges that brought back memories of the feud over the 2003 Iraq invasion, the United States denounced the Europeans who in turn made clear they would not back down on diplomacy.

Tensions with North Korea have eased since last year's General Assembly, when Trump called Kim Jong Un "rocket man," and threatened to "totally destroy" the country if it threatened the US or its allies.

Mr Trump argued that since the deal was signed in 2015, "Iran's aggression only increased" and that funds released from the lifting of sanctions had been used "to support terrorism, build nuclear capable missiles and foment chaos".

She praised President Trump's efforts in détente over DPRK, commonly known as North Korea, but called for sustained pressure and strict enforcement of sanctions.

The assembly had shown America's isolation, he said. He said Iran will keep up its end of the bargain as long as others do, too.

"Didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay", Trump said in response.

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"We will not return until real reform is enacted", he said.

Rouhani earlier said that as a precondition for any dialogue, Trump would need to fix the damage done by exiting the nuclear deal.

Speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Trump claimed, without offering evidence, that China was attempting to interfere with the upcoming midterm congressional elections.

The worldwide community has reacted warily to the president who seems determined to unwind the world order that his predecessors spent decades building. Trump, who said this week he will have a second summit with Kim "quite soon", emphasized that Pyongyang has not tested a ballistic missile since the engagement process began early this year. "We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism".

On Wednesday, Rouhani told reporters at the United Nations that the US withdrawal from the deal was "a mistake" and that he believes America will "sooner or later" support the deal.

And that's the moment where the most powerful person on the planet, literally the leader of the free world, became a laughing stock amongst his peers.

In its most recent annual assessment of terrorist activities across the world, the U.S. State Department determined that "Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism".

His national security adviser, John Bolton, was to go even further in a speech Tuesday, issuing a dire warning to Iran: "If you cross us, our allies or our partners; if you harm our citizens; if you continue to lie, cheat and deceive, yes, there will indeed be hell to pay", Bolton said, according to prepared remarks released by the White House.

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