UN General Assembly Laughs at Trump's "Extraordinary Progress" Speech

26 September, 2018, 06:46 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez

It's the opening day of the United Nations General Assembly debate in NY and US President Donald Trump and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani are taking to the podium.

The top adviser to Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, rejected the US offer on Tuesday, saying "Trump's and Pompeo's dream would never come to reality", the IRNA news agency said.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", Trump said, prompting laughter in the United Nations hall. "I wasn't expecting that reaction", he responded.

The fresh warnings to Iran come after US President Donald Trump took to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) podium on Tuesday to call Iran a "corrupt dictatorship" that sows "chaos, death, and destruction".

Trump says Iran does not respect its neighbours or their borders.

But if North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has seen his standing with the U.S. president transformed in the 12 months since Trump's United Nations debut, the prospects of Hassan Rouhani undergoing a similar transformation appear far from clear.

President Donald Trump is asserting American sovereignty and rejecting "global governance, control and domination".

He says the United States will never tell other nations how to live, work or worship - but says the USA expects other nations to "honor America's sovereignty in return".

"We're doing very well with North Korea", Trump said, thanking leader Kim Jong Un, as well as China, South Korea and Japan for their help.

Trump's "America First" policies and criticism of allies have clashed with the multilateral spirit of the UN General Assembly.

In his address previous year to the U.N., Trump insulted Kim as a "rocket man" bent on nuclear destruction.

"We can not allow a regime that chants "Death to America" and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth", he said.


President Donald Trump smiles at reaction from United Nations members during part of his speech.

In his own speech, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed the economic sanctions laid on his nation by the US.

Addressing an American group that has campaigned for a hawkish approach to Iran's nuclear program, called United Against a Nuclear Iran, John Bolton told the crowd that the USA would use "every tool in its toolbox" to pursue Soleimani, and that "there will be hell to pay" for regime officials who have targeted U.S. troops and interests region-wide.

"It was great", Mr. Trump said.

"All nations should isolate Iran's leadership as long as their aggression continues".

Even former Vice Presidential candidate Sen.

"The European powers with China and Russian Federation are desperately trying to salvage the nuclear deal and on Monday said they had agreed to set up a special payment mechanism to continue trade with Iran in an effort to skirt United States sanctions".

But Trump's bombastic foreign policy has faced significant criticism at home and overseas, and polls have shown a that majority of Americans surveyed feel the United States has lost respect worldwide under his leadership.

One year after mobilizing the global community against North Korea, Donald Trump is trying to force another arch enemy to the negotiating table by targeting Iran with a similar campaign of "maximum pressure".

Aum, who also studies the U.S.

"The United States is committed to a future peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and Palestinians", he said.

Speaking just before Trump arrived at the podium, Guterres lamented the rise of populism and a fraying of worldwide cooperation - trends the US president has fueled.

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