Trump brings rare laughter to United Nations summit

Trump brings rare laughter to United Nations summit

Trump brings rare laughter to United Nations summit

President Donald Trump held a news conference to wrap up his participation at the United Nations General Assembly and discuss other issues of the day.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says he has never asked for talks with his American counterpart, Donald Trump, stressing that such a meeting would not be "appropriate".

Bolivian leader Evo Morales launched a blistering critique of USA policy toward Iran as well as Trump's immigration policies that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents.

"Today it became clear that America is alone", Rouhani said at a press conference in NY, adding that other world leaders told him they disapproved of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. But he said Trump administration officials "speak with a different style, presumably because they're new to politics".

Rouhani also noted that while Iran had received eight requests from USA officials for a meeting previous year, he did not think talks between the two sides were "appropriate", then or now.

He said the United States was "hiding behind pretexts, to continue its policy of interference and meddling" in Iran.

Washington has told countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4 or face U.S. financial measures.

Rouhani also predicted that despite the Trump administration's departure from the nuclear deal in May, Washington would eventually come back.

In rhetorical exchanges that brought back memories of the feud over the 2003 Iraq invasion, the United States denounced the Europeans who in turn made clear they would not back down on diplomacy. Trump appeared briefly flustered, then smiled and said it was not the reaction he expected "but that's all right".

"We reject the ideology of globalism", Trump said. "America achieved nothing at the General Assembly". We do not wish to attack them.

To that end, Trump flaunted his embrace of negotiations with North Korea's Kim Jong Un just a year after he had warned of raining down "total destruction" on a leader he branded "Little Rocket Man".

"The United States is determined to be involved in multi-lateral organizations where we see it", said U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. "This shameful and barbaric practice must end, and Iran must return our Americans and other innocent civilians at once". "And let us come here to this place to stand for our people and our nations, forever strong, forever sovereign". There, he said, both sides can listen to each other.

"How can any nation that claims to sympathize with the people of Iran keep sustaining trading relationships with lawless and oppressive ayatollahs?"

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