Trump, in UN Debut, Urges the World Body to Reform

Lester Mason
September 21, 2017

Many U.S. allies are carefully watching President Trump's debut speech at the United Nations today - and so are America's adversaries.

Addressing the meeting, Trump said that the United Nations has been kept from reaching its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement.

The four-day Seoul meeting of the biennial PACC comes on the heels of North Korean provocations, including a sixth nuclear test and mid-range ballistic missile launches.

But Haley warned of a tougher USA response to future North Korean provocations, and said she would be happy to turn the matter over to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "because he has plenty of military options". New U.N. sanctions cut oil exports to North Korea.

He called for a political solution, saying "this is a time for statesmanship". "President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity".

Trump has said there will be a "dramatic" adjustment to how the United States treats the deal by next month, when according to US law, the United States just recertify Iranian adherence to the deal.

"We've been kicking the can down the road, and we're out of road", H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters on Friday.

"For those who have said and who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option", he said at the White House briefing, though he noted that it was not the administration's preferred route for dealing with the nation's aggressiveness.

And he scolded nations that he said have enabled and traded with North Korea, seeming to slight China, though he did not mention it by name.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the DPRK leadership "to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation".

His message: All nations should put their own interests first, and they can also work together when faced with common concerns like threats from terrorists and rogue countries like North Korea.

It marks the first visit by a high-level Chinese military official since South Korea and the United States agreed to deploy the advanced THAAD missile defense system on the peninsula a year ago.

He said the institution has more than doubled its budget in recent years, but "we are not seeing the results in line with this investment".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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