On September 25, President Donald J. Trump addressed the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
"...We are standing up for America and for the American people. And we are also standing up for the world. This is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving people everywhere. We believe that when nations respect the rights of their neighbors, and defend the interests of their people, they can better work together to secure the blessings of safety, prosperity, and peace."
In his remarks, President Trump laid out a positive vision for cooperation among strong, sovereign partners. "We believe that when nations respect the rights of their neighbors, and defend the interests of their people, they can better work together to secure the blessings of safety, prosperity, and peace," the President said.
"The United States will not tell you how to live, or work, or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return." — President @realDonaldTrump, speaking at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly pic.twitter.com/61Tg8yyK0F— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 25, 2018
The President outlined historic foreign policy success noting his administration has diminished many major threats to peace - including North Korea, Iran, and ISIS - in the year since his first address to the the UN General Assembly in September 2017. President Trump said, "I have forged close relationships and friendships and strong partnerships with the leaders of many nations in this room, and our approach has already yielded incredible change."
On North Korea:
President Trump discussed historic progress acheieved with North Korea since his 2017 UNGA remarks, which called on North Korea to accept denuclearization as its only acceptable future.
"With support from many countries here today, we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace."
In North Korea, nuclear testing has stopped, American hostages have been released, and the remains of our fallen heroes are coming home.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 25, 2018
"Though much work remains to be done. The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs." pic.twitter.com/CAAXk48ioa
On Gains in the Fight to Eradicate ISIS:
The President applauded nations that are taking more responsibility for solving problems in their regions, such as in the Middle East where countries have stepped up to combat terror.
"Thanks to the United States military and our partnership with many of your nations, I am pleased to report that the bloodthirsty killers known as ISIS have been driven out from the territory they once held in Iraq and Syria. We will continue to work with friends and allies to deny radical Islamic terrorists any funding, territory or support, or any means of infiltrating our borders."
President Trump emphasized the threat posed by Iran and the disastrous, one-sided Iran Deal and outlined action he has taken since last year's UNGA to address this threat.
"The Iran deal was a windfall for Iran’s leaders. In the years since the deal was reached, Iran’s military budget grew nearly 40 percent. The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, increase internal repression, finance terrorism, and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.
The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda.
Last month, we began re-imposing hard-hitting nuclear sanctions that had been lifted under the Iran deal. Additional sanctions will resume November 5th, and more will follow. And we’re working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to cut their purchases substantially.
We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a regime that chants “Death to America,” and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth. Just can’t do it.
We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues. And we ask all nations to support Iran’s people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny.
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