January 24 2018

Trump to kick off General Assembly with push for United Nations reform

January 24 2018, 01:48 | Van Peters

US president Donald Trump delivers remarks to military personnel and families at Joint Base Andrews Maryland US

US president Donald Trump delivers remarks to military personnel and families at Joint Base Andrews Maryland US

The missile launch, which violates UN Security Council resolutions, came just days after the council imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear test on September 3.

Trump emphasized the ready and willing for a military action but said he hopes it won't be necessary.

Trump's criticism of the United Nations was clear, hitting everything from the hypocrisy of allowing tyrannical regimes to serve as members of the Human Rights Council to its bloated bureaucracy, but every criticism was combined with a call for improvement and a pledge of cooperation.

Haley defended Trump. "Well, I think that you have to understand that the president can communicate in any form that he wishes", she said on CNN.

Mr Trump will deliver his main speech to the UNGA on Tuesday while Ms Bishop's address is scheduled for Friday.

The president on Monday praised U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who also spoke at the reform meeting and said he shared Trump's vision for a less wasteful "live up to its full potential".

A senior U.N. Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "We are faced with real uncertainties with respect to North Korea and it's a bit add another source of uncertainty with respect to Iran".

Pyongyang has launched dozens of missiles as it accelerates a weapons program created to provide the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

"The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into".

"North Koreans are not going to back down - if anything they are going to increase the tempo of their programme", Kirk said from South Korea's capital, Seoul.

He urged nations to join to stop Iran's nuclear program - he declared the deal to restrain it an "embarrassment" for the United States - and defeat "loser terrorists" who have struck violence across the globe.

"To put it simply", Trump said, "we meet at a time of both enormous promise and great peril". He also announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, which would leave the USA one of the few countries outside the pact.

As he lambasted North Korea, the nation's two front seats for delegation leaders were empty.

Using what was described as "unprecedented" language, Trump made his debut address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday. She says war is undesirable but adds that "something has got to be done" if North Korea continues to threaten the US and its allies.

"We do not accept threats from President Trump or whoever in this world". "We need to be a world at peace".

Trump faces a mid-October deadline for re-certifying Iran's compliance with the agreement. Trump also suggested that the United States was paying more than its fair share to keep the New York-based organization operational.

"The powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations can solve many of these vicious and complex problems", Trump said.

In his first appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders, the president used a 41-minute speech to take aim also at Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional influence, Venezuela's collapsing democracy and the threat of Islamist extremists.

The speech seemed to rouse only silence from his audience, as little applause could be heard.

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