Vowing US first, Donald Trump presses on Iran, trade at UN

Elias Hubbard
September 26, 2018

Rouhani took the podium a few hours after Trump called for Iran's isolation in his United Nations address, accusing the leadership of Iran of sowing "chaos, death and destruction" as he defended his decision to ditch the Iran nuclear accord.

The morning session started at 9am (Coordinated Universal Time-5), and runs until 2.45pm. The president's speech in NY on Tuesday provided little other than more confusion.

L to R: National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hold a press conference before the UN General Assembly in New York City on September 24, 2018.

President Donald Trump and his top national security aides lashed out at Iran with unusual venom Tuesday, warning Tehran that it faced severe consequences if it defied the United States.

The Ecuadorian president spoke instead.

Mr. Trump also reminded the audience of his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year.

Trump also said that foreign aid would now only be given to "friends" from now on.

Rouhani reacted, tweeting that accusing Iran of contributing to an attack on its own people would be like blaming the USA government for 9/11. Trump says in the tweet that "Maybe someday in the future" he and Rouhani will meet.

The US President is due to deliver a speech in NY on Tuesday morning, during which he is likely to touch on the Iran nuclear deal.

Rebuking the United States for the doubling of tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel imported into the US.

"We are working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to cut their purchases substantially", Trump said. "We will find new goal, new resolve".

Rouhani said it was "unfortunate" that some of the world's leaders preferred to secure their interests by "trampling on global rules and undermining worldwide institutions".

US President Donald Trump asks global community to isolate Iran US President Donald Trump begins his speech.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in NY, he defended his decision to abandon the nuclear deal.

He has repeatedly promised he will negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran that would be more effective than an agreement engineered by former President Barack Obama and five other nations to lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for the country halting its nuclear program. "We will no longer tolerate such abuse".

Rouhani has said he does not want to meet Trump.

Another point of worldwide controversy Trump addressed was his efforts to clinch the long-coveted Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

"It remains deeply unsettling to see an American president stand before the United Nations-a body in which American leadership has changed the course of the world for decades-and espouse a worldview that undermines so much of what we helped build on the global stage", said Rep. Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"As president of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first".

UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres kicks off the general debate saying that multilateralism is under threat and "under fire precisely when we need it most".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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