Trump Makes First Speech to UN General Assembly This Week

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

USA national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the conversations would be wide-ranging, but that "Iran's destabilizing behaviour" would be a major focus.

Trump has accused Iran of supporting terrorists and is threatening to rip up the 2015 deal to rein in its nuclear program.

"But of course, this will nearly [certainly] figure in every conversation that leaders have here during the next week", a senior European diplomat said. "The Iran deal is one of the worst deals I've ever seen, certainly at a minimum the spirit of the deal is atrociously kept".

"This is important", she said.

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Haley told CNN's "State of the Union" programme on Sunday that Washington had "pretty much exhausted" its options on North Korea at the Security Council.

Trump is scheduled to make full remarks to the General Assembly on Tuesday. "We look forward to it", President Trump said shortly after his arrival Monday morning.

He speaks regularly with Haley, his fellow Republican, one USA administration official said.

India along with some key members of the UN has also been seeking reforms and expansion of the UN Security Council. That didn't happen, but Trump did make a big anti-UN move by announcing America's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the most important worldwide agreement negotiated under United Nations auspices in recent memory (though there's some indication he might be shifting on that). "I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with the US being very strong in the end", Haley said.

A draft declaration on reform circulated by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated: "We support the Secretary-General in making concrete changes in the United Nations system to better align its work on humanitarian response, development and sustaining peace initiatives". And Trump isn't the only one to have fueled the fire to a tense relationship.

A statement from the White House press office said Trump and Moon "noted that North Korea continues to defy the global community, even after the United Nations strongly condemned North Korea's repeated provocations twice in the past week".

The U.N. Security Council adopted additional economic sanctions on Pyongyang last Monday, the second round in just five weeks, in response to the regime's September 3 underground nuclear test of a possible hydrogen bomb. But the USA -led initiative has not been joined by fellow permanent Security Council members China and Russian Federation. "This is a time to be serious, and it's a time for us to talk out these challenges and make sure there's action that follows it".

Trump criticized the United Nations during the presidential campaign as weak and incompetent, but has softened his tone since taking office. And a late addition to the hundreds of official meetings and side events during the ministerial week is a high-level session Monday on the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

His appearance - which aides say will last around a half-hour - is likely to emphasise the importance of sovereignty and the primacy of the nation state, reinforcing the anti-internationalist themes of his campaign.

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