Trump Has `No Plans' to Meet Iran's Rouhani, But May `Someday'

President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for the United States Korea Free Trade Agreement at the Lotte New York Palace hotel during the United Nations General Assembly Monday Sept. 24 2018 in New York

Trump Has `No Plans' to Meet Iran's Rouhani, But May `Someday'

President Trump addresses the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly in NY on Tuesday.

"In two years, my administration has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", Trump began.

"We will examine what is working, what is not working, and whether the countries who receive our dollars and our protection also have our interests at heart", the president said of the US' massive foreign aid budget.

Trump, who has long claimed that his predecessors' weak leadership prompted other nations "to laugh" at the USA appeared flustered and responded: "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay".

Trump has long decried past USA leaders - especially his predecessor, Barack Obama - for showing weakness on the world stage.

Earlier, Trump during his speech at the UNGA called Tehran "the leading sponsor of terrorism" while Rouhani accused the United States administration of trying to overthrow his government.

The US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May, leaving the other countries who were signatories to the deal scrambling to make it work anyways. They do not respect their neighbours or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations.

President Donald Trump reacts to laughter from diplomats during his address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday Sept. 25 2018 at U.N. headquarters
Trump Has `No Plans' to Meet Iran's Rouhani, But May `Someday'

President Donald Trump called on the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday to isolate Iran's dictatorship through sanctions and diplomacy.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had no plans to meet with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations "despite requests" to do so. "That is why we are taking a hard look at United States foreign assistance", he said. Trump has said he expects to have another summit with Kim soon, although global watchdogs have stated North Korea hasn't backed off development of its nuclear program. Speaking just before Trump arrived at the podium, Guterres lamented the rise of populism and a fraying of worldwide cooperation - trends the USA president has fueled.

On Wednesday President Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting, where the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea will be the focus.

On Monday, Mr Trump said he expected a second summit with Mr Kim soon.

"We're doing very well with North Korea", Trump said, thanking leader Kim Jong Un, as well as China, South Korea and Japan for their help.

"What Iran says is clear: no war, no sanctions, no threats, no bullying; just acting according to the law and the fulfilment of obligations", Rouhani said.

His remarks elicited laughter from the world leaders gathered in the UN General Assembly hall for the General Debate.

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