Trump faces pushback on Iran at UN Security Council

Trump faces pushback on Iran at UN Security Council

This year, Trump thanked Kim for his courage in taking recent diplomatic steps.

"We are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends", he said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a gathering of the so-called "United Against Nuclear Iran" in NY that he was "deeply disappointed" that the remaining countries in the nuclear deal plan to set up a special payment system with Iran to bypass USA sanctions.

Trump then interrupted his prepared remarks and insisted, "So true", at which the laughter became audible.

It will be only the third time in United Nations history that a USA president will chair a Security Council meeting. Trump's unilateral approach to foreign affairs has marked a stark contrast from his predecessor.

The fate of his second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was in fresh doubt after a second allegation of sexual misconduct, which Kavanaugh denies. One of Kavanaugh's accusers will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Trump has also slashed countless regulations, which can be viewed here. Rod Rosenstein was reported last week to have floated the idea of secretly recording the president previous year and to have raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Before entering the White House, Bolton publicly urged Trump to back separtist groups and terrorist organizations that could work to destabilize Iran.

The accord, signed in Vienna by the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China, Russia and Iran, lifted sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program, created to prevent the country from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

"In the years since the deal was signed, Iran's aggression only increased", Trump said as he chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council to address the countering of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

He referenced a list of United Nations bodies, from the International Criminal Court to the Human Rights Council, that his administration is working to undermine.

President Trump also asserted American freedom, rejecting ideas of "global governance, control and domination".

Trump at the luncheon said he has great "respect" for the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the work the global body is doing. "The world is more connected, yet societies are becoming more fragmented".

The SPV, slammed by US officials, would create a sort of barter system, similar to one used by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, to exchange Iranian oil for European goods without money changing hands and avoiding banking exchanges. The UAE and Saudi Arabia have been boycotting Doha since previous year as part of a dispute tearing apart the typically clubby Gulf Arab nations.

But with key Iranian allies Russian Federation and China sitting on the 15-member council, and Washington's European allies at odds with Trump over his decision to walk away from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal, the meeting may do little more than highlight the significant divisions over Iran among the world's powers.



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