Heads of state 'were laughing with me,' not at me

Posted September 27, 2018

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States would only give aid to countries that it regarded as allies. His second address before the body since taking office was marked by the president's insistence that other nations look out for themselves and their own interests, and allow the United States to do the same, the global media reported.

The speech comes at a particularly tense time for Iran's relations with the rest of the world.

Kim's commitments and actions, however, have fallen short of Washington's demands for a complete inventory of North Korea's weapons programs and irreversible steps to give up a nuclear arsenal that potentially threatens the United States. "We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return".

Trump's audience first reacted to the statement with muted laughs, prompting the president himself to follow up with levity, as well.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", the president said with obvious pride for the thriving US economy.

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"I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were", Trump tweeted.

"Didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK", Trump said during the speech. The claim elicited laughter from delegates, but Trump proceeded unperturbed.

"This includes illegal ship-to-ship transfers, which must end immediately", Trump said.

"Here in the Western Hemisphere we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers".

"I think we will make a deal, but unfortunately to ensure this progress continues, we must enforce existing U.N. Security Council resolutions until denuclearization occurs", Trump said. Trump announced his administration was imposing new sanctions on Nicolas Maduro's inner circle and close advisers. "So we're very happy about that", Trump said.

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"Well, that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great". Among the measures that the USA can take are humanitarian aid, social exchanges and the political assurance of declaring an end to the Korean War, Moon added.

"Iran's aggression has only increased, [the country] has used the new funds to support terrorism and built nuclear-capable missiles", Trump said. "The do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. You would have had a war and you would have lost millions, not thousands", Trump said.

Hours before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes the same rostrum, Trump denounced the clerical regime as sowing "chaos, death, and destruction" and doubled down on the USA withdrawal of an worldwide agreement on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme.

On North Korea, a nation he famously blasted in his speech previous year and threatened to "totally destroy", Trump took a much softer approach.

Moon also said while it was "natural" to be suspicious of North Korea's true intentions, the situation is "completely different" this time largely due to its leader's eagerness to transform the impoverished country into an economic powerhouse.

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