President Donald Trump warned Iran’s leaders are sowing “chaos, death and destruction” and should be isolated “as long as their aggression continues” in a speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations as he vowed to continue to isolate Tehran.
Speaking before he was due to address the UN General Assembly, Trump said: “I’m not meeting with them until they change their tune. It will happen. I believe they have no choice. We look forward to having a great relationship with Iran, but it won’t happen now.”
President Trump said that Iran as a “corrupt dictatorship” that is “plundering the Iranian people to pay for aggression abroad.” “They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations.”
In response, Trump reiterated the US commitment to a “campaign of economic pressure” to deny Iran funds for its “regional behavior,” and that more sanctions will follow after the resumption of oil sanctions on Nov. 5.
In a speech which focused heavily on the Middle East, Trump praised Saudi Arabia and the UAE for their roles in improving regional security and their efforts in assisting those affected by the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. He also praised the Saudi Arabian leadership for their bold reforms.
On the Syria conflict, he said the US would respond if chemical weapons are used by the Assad regime in Syria.
He emphasized US support for regional stability with the help of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt and Jordan and the establishment of a “strategic alliance” in the Middle East.
Trump defended his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as a move in the advancement of peace and said that from now on “the United States will only give aid to countries that support her and her allies.”
“America’s policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage to old dogmas,” he told the gathering, supported by “so-called experts that have been proven wrong time and time again.”