United States President Donald Trump will take aim at Iran over its nuclear program and ambitions in the Middle East in his second address to the United Nations General Assembly on today
The United States President who had threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in his UN speech last year — is expected to employ a forceful tone toward the Islamic Republic, even if not as bellicose as he did toward Pyongyang.
His speech, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. in New York, will repeat last year’s theme of “sovereignty’’ as a paramount virtue for nations, according to several of his top foreign policy advisers. And as relations with North Korea have warmed over the past year, Iran has emerged as the principal antagonist in U.S. foreign policy.
President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. out of a nuclear agreement with Iran while signing an agreement in principle with North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. His “maximum pressure’’ moniker — previously describing a series of global sanctions against North Korea– has now been fitted to the administration’s approach to Iran.
“We’ve imposed very stringent sanctions on Iran. More are coming,’’ National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters Monday at the UN General Assembly. “And what we expect from Iran is massive changes in their behavior. And until that happens, we will continue to exert what the president has called ‘maximum pressure.’”
On Wednesday, Trump will host a UN Security Council session focused on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by Iran and other countries.
“You can bet the president will have well-deserved strong words for the Iranian regime, which is among the worst of violators of UN Security Council resolutions, if not the absolute worst in the world,’’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Monday.