Trump's United Nations speech draws mixed reactions from world leaders

Trevor Jackson
September 22, 2017

In an address to the U.N. General Assembly in NY, broadcast live, Trump singled out North Korea as a rogue regime that has violated every principle on which the global body is based.

North Korea was in the front row for Trump's speech, because the United Nations uses a lottery system to determine seating.

A junior North Korean diplomat remained in the delegation's front-row seat for Trump's speech, the North Korean UN mission said.

US President Donald Trump's Twitter taunting of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was a matter for the US, not Australia, to decide if it was the correct strategy, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

The White House official said that Trump's speech Tuesday shouldn't be taken as a criticism of the United Nations, but that the president won't "appeal to a top-down model of global bureaucracy", but rather "a model that's from the nation-state up".

Mr Trump has been a harsh critic of the United Nations, but with world leaders and foreign ministers, including Australia's Julie Bishop, looking on inside the UN's packed Economic and Social Council Chamber the president did soften his words.

The missile launch, which violates UN Security Council resolutions, came just days after the council imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear test on September 3.

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"The United Nations, of course, holds tremendous potential to realize its founding ideals, but only if it's run more efficiently and effectively", Sanders said.

Trump plans to meet with South Korean President Jae-in Moon on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Mr Trump will deliver his main speech to the UNGA on Tuesday while Ms Bishop's address is scheduled for Friday.

"I applaud the secretary general for laying out a vision to reform the United Nations so that it better serves the people we all represent", Trump said during his four-minute speech.

As to Iran, Trump appeared to pave the way towards tearing up the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between six world powers and Iran. "But in fulfilling our obligations to other nations we also realize it's in everyone's interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure".

If Trump's bombastic rhetoric was meant to puff him up on the world stage, his characteristic insistence on enumerating his self-proclaimed accomplishments left him looking small.

"What nation would negotiate with the United States when the agreements we reach with other countries are so easily undermined?"

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