Trump Casts US as 'Alternative to Authoritarianism' in UN Speech
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:31 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

U.S. President Donald Trump has long opposed globalism and criticized the multilateralism that is the foundation of the United Nations. However, as the leader of the country that hosts the world body, Trump is obligated to attend and speak to the U.N.'s General Assembly every year, which he did for the third time on Tuesday.

"If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. If you want peace, love your nation," Trump in his address.

He had harsh words concerning Iran, saying all nations have a duty act to against the Islamic Republic.  "No responsible government should subsidize Iran's bloodlust," he said.

In a joint statement issued Monday, Britain, France and Germany declared that Iran is responsible for recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities.  They join the United States, which has instituted new economic sanctions against Iran in response to the attacks.

Iran has denied responsibility, and on Monday Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on European signatories to the 2015 agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program to forge an "independent path" from the United States and help Iran work around U.S. sanctions.

U.S. and Iranian officials have said their two leaders are not going to meet this week during the U.N. events, but some diplomats are holding out hope there could be an encounter to try to slightly thaw the chill amid increasing talk of war.

Source : VOA

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