Rouhani : Iran never asked for meeting with Trump

On the opening day of the General Assembly debate Trump and Rouhani are to take their turn at the podium four months after the US president ditched the Iran nuclear deal

Iran in the spotlight as Trump Rouhani set for UN clash AFP24 Sep 2018

And that's the moment where the most powerful person on the planet, literally the leader of the free world, became a laughing stock amongst his peers. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. His denunciations of globalism drew murmurs from other members of the organization that stands as the very embodiment of the notion.

"We are here, we are with Israel 100%", he adds.

President Donald Trump addresses arrives with Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the UN, during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The United States looks forward to working with you to strengthen our communities, protect our families, and deliver a drug-free future for all of our children, " he said.

Without explicitly naming Trump, the leader of the Islamic Republic accused "rulers in the world", clearly referencing the United States, of trying to seek power "through the fomenting of extremist, nationalism, and racism and through xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition as well as through the trampling of global rules and undermining worldwide institutions".

Wednesday's meeting highlighted a rift between the United States and its European allies over the Iran nuclear deal.

President Donald Trump rebuked Iran at the United Nations General Assembly and spent the day in a back and forth with the country's leader, Hassan Rouhani.

"But we ask the United States to adhere to laws and to respect national sovereignty of nations", he said.

"I think the world is really concerned about the Iran issue and is trying to find ways to maybe shape USA behavior", said Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based foreign policy think tank. "We are standing up for America and for the American people, and we are also standing up for the world".

But the most closely watched passage of his speech came when he turned to Iran.

"No worse reaction he can think of than being laughed at", tweeted Maggie Haberman, the New York Times reporter who has covered Trump for decades.

White House aides said the Iran nuclear agreement had come up in most of those private meetings, but neither senior officials in the administration nor Trump pointed to specific progress.

But Trump's bombastic foreign policy has faced significant criticism at home and overseas, and polls have shown a majority of Americans feel the United States has lost respect around the globe under his leadership. Barack Obama presided over two meetings in 2009 and 2014.

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