Russia, North Korea use UN General Assembly to blast US
Russia and North Korea were among the nations this week employing speeches at the United Nations General Assembly to attack U.S. foreign policy and contact on President Trump to adjust tactics on a host of issues.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, known for his fiery rhetoric, utilized his speech at the United Nations Basic Assembly to criticize sanctions on Russia and accused the U.S. of meddling in other countries&rsquo affairs — particularly Syria.
In his speech he also took aim at the U.S. decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, attacking &ldquobelligerent revisionism against the modern method of international law.&rdquo He also accused Western powers of employing &ldquopolitical blackmail, financial pressure and brute force.&rdquo
&ldquoThe attacks have been launched against the simple principles of the Middle East settlement, the Joint Comprehensive Strategy of Action on the Iranian nuclear plan, the commitments inside the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework, the multilateral climate agreement and several far more,&rdquo he stated.
Trump has been a critic of the WTO, and on Wednesday at a Safety Council meeting defended his decision to pull out of the Iran deal — which he referred to as a &ldquohorrible, one particular-sided deal [that] permitted Iran to continue its path toward a [nuclear] bomb and gave the regime a cash lifeline when they necessary it the most.&rdquo
On Friday, Lavrov also attacked Trump&rsquos choice last year to bomb a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical attack by President Bashar al-Assad&rsquos regime — with Lavrov describing it as &ldquolaunched under a completely trumped-up pretext&rdquo and warned against wars launched beneath &ldquospurious pretexts.&rdquo
Trump on had warned Syria and Russia against an all-out assault on the province of Idlib: &ldquoGet the terrorists, but I hope the restraint continues. The planet is watching."
On Saturday North Korea claimed that the regime had not noticed a &ldquocorresponding response&rdquo from the U.S. to North Korean disarmament and that sanctions have been signs of mistrust from the U.S.
"Without any trust in the U.S., there will be no self-confidence in our national security, and beneath such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves initial," Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho stated.
He also mentioned that &ldquothe perception that sanctions can bring us to our knees is a pipe-dream of the individuals who are ignorant about us.&rdquo
The two countries aren&rsquot the only ones to use the General Assembly to take either explicit or veiled swipes at the U.S.
China and Iran each used their possibilities to criticize the U.S., with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accusing Trump of possessing a &ldquoNazi disposition.&rdquo
But President Trump in his speech gave as excellent as he got. A year after threatening North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he was prepared to destroy North Korea if it kept up its nuclear ambitions, Trump warned that the U.S. would not permit the Islamic regime to obtain a bomb.
"We cannot let the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons," he stated. "We cannot permit a regime that chants ‘Death to America’ and that threatens Israel with annihilation to possess the signifies to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth.
"Just cannot do it."
Fox News&rsquo Ben Evansky and The Linked Press contributed to this report.
Published at Sat, 29 Sep 2018 23:30:00 +0000