United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday castigated Iran for sowing “chaos, death and destruction” in the Middle East and urged other countries to join the US in resuming economic pressure on Iran.
The US President trumpeted his decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, calling it “horrible,” and noted that “many countries in the Middle East strongly supported” his decision.
“Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction they do not respect their neighbour’s borders or the sovereign rights of nations,” Donald Trump said.
“Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the middle east and far beyond. The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury, seized valuable portions of the nation’s economy…all to send out their proxies to wage war.”
Trump said the US has launched “a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds that it needs to advance its bloody agenda.” He added
He said additional sanctions will resume in the coming months and said the world must ensure that “the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the world’s most dangerous weapons.”
He further vowed to continue to support “Iran’s people.”
Donald Trump used his speech to call for international trade reforms and insist that his main objective as president is to protect American sovereignty. He called on OPEC to stop raising oil prices and criticized China’s trade practices.
Both Trump and Rouhani were attending the annual U.N. event.
“Iran has acted very badly,” said Trump. “We look forward to having a great relationship with Iran, but it won’t happen now.”
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