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Geraldine Edwards
September 26, 2018

United States President Donald Trump criticised Iran on Tuesday (Sept 25) as a "corrupt dictatorship" that is plundering the Iranian people to pay for aggression overseas, using his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to lay down a tough message for Teheran.

Trump criticized the International Criminal Court for claiming near-universal jurisdiction, saying that the U.S. "will never surrender America's sovereignty to an unelected unaccountable global bureaucracy".

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", Trump began, using the superlative language that typically elicits cheers at his rallies.

Taken aback and grinning like a schoolboy caught boasting about his romantic conquests, Trump added, "I didn't expect that reaction but it's okay".

Trump used his annual address to the United Nations on Tuesday to attack Iran's "corrupt dictatorship", praise last year's bogeyman North Korea and lay down a defiant message that he will reject globalism and protect American interests.

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Trump said that under his leadership, major threats to peace - including North Korea, Iran and ISIS - have been diminished. "We ask all nations to isolate Iran's regime as long as its aggression continues", Trump said.

"That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governments, control and domination".

"We're doing very well with North Korea", Trump said, thanking leader Kim Jong Un, as well as China, South Korea and Japan for their help. Mr Trump's "America First" policies and criticism of allies have clashed with the multilateral spirit of the UN General Assembly.

The peaceful message was in stark contrast to the dire one Trump offered in his first address to the U.N. General Assembly a year ago. "Makes me feel very good, I love our farmers", Trump said, adding that the deal would double the cars per manufacturer that can enter the South Korean market while meeting U.S. safety standards.

The president arrived significantly behind schedule for his speech, forcing organizers to change the order of speakers.

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"Additional sanctions will resume November 5th and more will follow, and we are working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to cut their purchases substantially", Mr Trump said.

Under the revised FTA, the US will extend a 25 percent tariff on imports of South Korean pickup trucks by 20 years to 2041, while Seoul will double the number of USA cars not subject to its local industry regulations to 50,000. "This is not an old one, rewritten", Trump said earlier while meeting Moon for a bilateral summit here.

"Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and frankly our - our friends", he said.

Rohani that it is ironic that the USA government does not even hide its plans for overthrowing the same government it invites to talks.

Regarding Iran, the president indicated he won't be meeting with the Islamic Republic's leader, President Hassan Rouhani, until his nation renounced its "bloody agenda". The accord with OPEC member Iran was negotiated under Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama. "No state and nation can be brought to the negotiating table by force", Rohani said.

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Aum said improved relations are attributable to Trump's willingness to engage directly with Kim, and the president's maximum pressure campaign, which "tightened the economic vise on North Korea, and also caused North Korea and China to fear possible military action".

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