UN Security Council’s meeting showed United States is alone: Rouhani

UN Security Council’s meeting showed United States is alone: Rouhani

But experts warn the US might end up isolated instead.

In addition, a few leaders prodded Trump on the USA withdrawing from the Paris Agreement as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

"Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction", Trump said in his address. "By sustaining revenues to the regime, you are solidifying Iran's ranking as the number one state sponsor of terror, enabling Iran's violent export of revolution and making the regime even richer while the Iranian people scrape by".

In remarks to reporters on his way to his speech, Trump said he would not meet the Iranians until they "change their tune". "On what basis and criteria can we enter into a negotiation with such a government?"

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing a pressure group on Tuesday, vowed to act "swiftly and decisively" to any Iranian action that damages US interests in the region.

In addition to his keynote speech, Trump is to chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council about nuclear proliferation on Wednesday. Trump has criticized the Iran deal as weakand counterproductive to USA interests.

The audience - which included many leaders from other countries who were listening to a translation through headphones - began to chuckle.

But the US seems to be "just telling the world, 'This is how it's going to be, '" Alterman said, "and that is not the way the world wants to handle Iran". On Tuesday, Rouhani responded to the threats, saying the U.S.is guilty of "recklessness" and "economic terrorism". Hook said the USA and the European Union agree on the threat posed by Iran, if not the approach on how to address it. "We are standing up for America and the American people, and we are also standing up for the world", he said. He described the relationship with Europe as "very strong".

Nonetheless, a number of prominent European businesses, including French energy giant Total and German automaker Daimler, have already said they will exit Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions.

The Iranian president also said that the recently implemented United States sanctions amount to "economic terrorism".

"The U.S. will not tell you how to live and work or worship", Trump said as he unapologetically promoted his "America First" agenda.

As a precondition for any dialogue, Rouhani said Trump would need to fix the damage done by pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May, reinstating economic penalties against Tehran and urging other countries to stop buying Iranian oil.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that the "rights of all countries to trade with Iran should be respected" after the European Union said a special payment system would be set up to keep alive business ties with Iran. Rather, it is a symptom of the weakness of intellect. That view did not necessarily have much support from the leaders from the U.N.'s 192 other countries, however.

"Not this year, nor last year", he told the CNN.

Abe is also meeting with Trump on Wednesday. The next round of sanctions will take effect in early November.

Trump and his aides, meanwhile, stepped up their attacks on the nuclear deal, which was a signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration. He threatened to limit USA aid only to countries that are friendly to the United States. "We just don't see it as a big factor".

He adds: "I want a plan that's solid, understood by both sides, really semi-agreed by both sides before we present".

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