The US has chaired the UN Security Council meeting on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal on the agenda, one day after President Donald Trump’s speech that attacked Tehran at the General Assembly but during which he was also mocked for touting his domestic policies.
Trump on Wednesday opened the meeting, which the US initially said would focus on Iran, but later broadened the agenda to include nuclear non-proliferation and weapons of mass destruction.
It was Trump’s first experience in leading a session of the UNSC, where the US currently holds the rotating presidency.
During the Security Council meeting, Trump threatened that any individuals or entities that fail to comply with Iran sanctions will “face server consequences” and stressed that the US will ensure Iran will never get a nuclear bomb.
He also said that the US will pursue tougher Iran sanctions, “tougher than ever before,” and defended re-imposing sanctions on Iran, citing its “malign conduct.”
He once again accused Tehran of supporting terrorism and alleged that Iran was “the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism” and that the Islamic Republic fuels conflict across the region.
Trump, however, thanked Iran, Russia and Syria for pulling back from an offensive against militants in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, the last major terrorist bastion in the Arab country.
Last week, Russia and Turkey reached a deal to create a demilitarized buffer zone to separate Syrian government troops from Takfiri militant groups in Idlib. Iran welcomed the agreement as the fruit of “intensive responsible diplomacy” meant to avert a war in Idlib.
Trump takes aim at China, also calls for enforcement of sanctions on N Korea
Also in his remarks, Trump accused China of meddling in the US upcoming mid-term elections, saying, “Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration,” without offering further details…