Trump Takes Anti-Iran Campaign to UN Security Council

Larry Hoffman
September 27, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken his case against Iran before the United Nations Security Council, a day after urging all nations to isolate the Iranian government. "America is governed by Americans".

Trump also told the year's largest gathering of world leaders that Americans "reject the ideology of globalism" and that "America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control and domination".

In line with the US, Iran has not requested a meeting with Mr Trump, Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for Iran's United Nations mission, revealed.

More than a few observers have hinted that Trump's comment about Rouhani could have been sarcastic, though.

Trump said in a toast, which the non-alcoholic president made with a Diet Coke, that the United Nations "has this incredible potential to bring people together" and that is evidenced by 'certain things we're doing now toward world peace'.

"I ask all members of the Security Council to work with the United States to ensure the Iranian regime changes its behavior and never acquires a nuclear bomb", he said.

'And on behalf of the United States, I'd like to toast to you, and I'd like to toast the United Nations.

He called Monday's decision by the five other signatories to the agreement who still support it - Russia, China, Britain France and Germany - to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports "a very good step forward".

With the laughter audible, Trump smiled and said, "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay".

He said the deal was a "windfall for Iran's leaders", and said that the deal allowed Iran to increase its defence budget by "40 per cent".

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

The President began his address on Tuesday by pointing out that this was the second time he had spoken to the UN General Assembly. On Tuesday, Trump praised Kim for halting nuclear and missile tests, releasing Americans held prisoner and returning some remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950s Korean War.

The president blasted OPEC for high oil prices, announced new sanctions against Venezuela, and warned the US will withhold aid from countries that challenge his agenda. He threatened to limit U.S. aid only to countries that are friendly to the United States.

Without naming countries, the U.S. president noted that "some nations are already violating UN sanctions" including illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil and said compliance was "very important".

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