Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Speech, Trump fails (again) to make his Iran case

Speech, Trump fails (again) to make his Iran case

President Donald Trump ripped the Iranian government in an address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, calling on world leaders to isolate Tehran and vowing to impose further sanctions on the country.

President Donald Trump claimed that his administration "has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", drawing laughter from an audience at the United Nations on Tuesday.

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay", he said, which was followed by more laughter and applause.

"Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction".

US officials have said there are no plans for Trump to meet Rouhani during his four-day visit to NY, although he has said he is willing to meet Iran's leaders. He added that the nation does "not respect [its] neighbors or borders" and continues to support terrorism.

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.

The speech showed that while Trump has accelerated the execution of world-rattling policies, his worldview remains consistent with the "America First" doctrine he first took to the world stage past year: proclaiming the world is best served if countries focus on their own self-interests and reject global governance mechanisms.

Mr Trump said he honoured the right of every nation to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions and said the United States would never tell other nations how to live, work or worship.

Trump praised Kim as "very open" and "terrific", despite the sluggish pace of progress toward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

He said: "I'm not meeting with them until they change their tune". Unlike traditional United Nations agreements, Trump's "Call to Action" is not up for debate or negotiation.

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But Mr. Trump went after a series of world bodies, including the World Trade Organization, the oil-producing OPEC coalition, and the International Criminal Court, which he said has "no legitimacy".

With cable news chyrons flashing breathless updates about both Beltway dramas, news of Trump's foreign policy moves from the United Nations, led by a new trade deal with South Korea, struggled to break through and disappointed White House aides.

The other parties to the deal, under which Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, remain in the agreement and met Monday in NY to reaffirm their support for it. "That bridge must be rebuilt", he told NBC news.

"Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani".

"The Iran deal was the worst diplomatic debacle in American history", he continued in the speech, which coincided with the annual UN General Assembly.

Since withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the us has reimposed sanctions on the regime, and Trump is urging reluctant partners to do the same.

Trump's speech also came a year after he threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" if it endangered the United States or its allies and dubbed the country's leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man".

Trump has been busy enough at the United Nations that he hasn't had time to tweet about the speech, but once he gets back in to the warmer comforts of his couch, he'll surely let rip with what will no doubt be a tirade for the ages.

The U.S. moves are part of a campaign to pressure Iran to give up perceived nuclear weapons ambitions.

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