“Regrettably, we found that China is attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration,” Mr. Trump said. “They do not want me, or us, to win, because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade. And we are winning on trade, we are winning at every level.”
Mr. Trump provided no evidence to back up this assertion.
Much of his speech was spent criticizing Iran, a theme that also dominated his address to the General Assembly a day earlier.
“The regime is the world’s leading sponsor of terror and fuels conflict across the region and beyond,” Mr. Trump said, before calling the Iran nuclear deal a “horrible, one-sided” agreement.
Before the 2015 nuclear accord, he said of Iran, “They were in big, big trouble.”
“They needed cash. We gave it to them,” Mr. Trump said, referring to the lifting of sanctions as a result of the deal.
He said he planned to introduce new economic sanctions on Iran later this year and said they would be “tougher than ever before”
Yet Mr. Trump also had positive words for Iran,. thanking that country and Russia for delaying a planned offensive on Syria’s Idlib Province.
The 15-member Security Council is the most powerful arm of the United Nations, with the ability to impose sanctions and authorize military intervention.
‘We are with Israel 100 percent,’ Trump says
Before the Security Council meeting, which is set to focus on “nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” Mr. Trump met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
In a press briefing, Mr. Trump said he wanted to reassure Mr. Netanyahu and Israelis that “we are with Israel 100 percent.”
Mr. Trump said he expected to have a framework for a Middle East peace deal in the next “two to three to four months.”
“I like two-state solution,” he said, according to White House pool reports.
“I really believe something will happen,” Mr. Trump said. “It is a dream of mine to be able to get that done prior to the end of my first term.”
On the way into the meeting, asked whether he was willing to meet with President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, Mr. Trump said he was not opposed to the idea.
“I’m willing to meet with anybody, anytime I can save lives and help people,” he said. “If it’s one life I am certainly willing to.”
Trump attacks Iran, claims successes at home and draws laughter
Mr. Trump, in his second address to the General Assembly, boasted on Tuesday of what he called impressive accomplishments in the United States and around the world.
“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” he said, setting off murmurs of laughter by world leaders in the cavernous hall.
“I did not expect that reaction,” he said.
“The United States is stronger, safer and a richer country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago,” Mr. Trump said. “We are standing up for America and the American people. We are also standing up for the world.”
He said that under his administration the United States had started building a wall along the border with Mexico, defeated the Islamic State and eased the crisis with North Korea through dialogue with the leader of the nuclear-armed state.
“The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction, nuclear testing has stopped,” said the president, who met in Singapore earlier this year with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. “I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken though much work remains to be done.”
Mr. Trump then turned his attention to Iran, denouncing the country’s leaders and calling the government there a “corrupt dictatorship” responsible for “death and destruction.” He said his reimposition of nuclear sanctions had severely weakened the Iranian government.
In a list of complaints about globalism, which he portrayed as a threat to American sovereignty, Mr. Trump rejected the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court, echoing recent statements by top aides like John R. Bolton, his national security adviser.
“As far as America is concerned,” Mr. Trump said, the court — which prosecutes war crimes and crimes against humanity — has “no legitimacy and no authority.”
We “reject the ideology of globalism,” he said.
He also spoke of renegotiating “bad and broken trade deals,” and said that “many nations agree that the trade system is in dire need” of change. He said the United States had “racked up $13 billion in trade deficits” in the last two decades.
“But those days are over,” he said. “We will no longer tolerate such abuse.”
Mr. Trump also assailed the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — which includes Saudi Arabia, a strong United States ally — over rising oil prices.
OPEC nations are “ripping off the rest of the world,” he said. “I don’t like it. Nobody should like it.”
Iran’s president offers mirror image of world according to Trump
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, who has all but ruled out a meeting with Mr. Trump, spoke hours after the American president and offered a diametrically opposite portrait of his country. Iran, he said, is law abiding, respectful and first in the fight against terrorism.
Mr. Rouhani denounced the Trump administration not only for repudiating the nuclear agreement but also for threatening through the use of sanctions to punish any country that seeks to do business with Iran.
“The economic war that the United States has initiated under the rubric of new sanctions not only targets the Iranian people but entails harmful repercussions for people of other countries,” Mr. Rouhani said.
He also made clear that he thought Mr. Trump’s offer to talk with Iran’s leaders was disingenuous at best.
“It is ironic that the United States government does not even conceal its plan for overthrowing the same government it invites to talks,” Mr. Rouhani said.
France’s president rejects Trump approach
President Emmanuel Macron of France, during his time at the podium, defended multilateralism. Without it, Mr. Macron warned, global wars would return. He cautioned that “nationalism always leads to defeat.”
“I do not accept the erosion of multilateralism and don’t accept our history unraveling,” Mr. Macron said. “Our children are watching.”
He also took aim at Mr. Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate agreement — an ambitious effort to halt climate change.
“The Paris agreement has stayed intact, and that is because we have decided to stay unified in spite of the United States’ decision to withdraw,” Mr. Macron said. “This is power, and this is the way that we overcome the challenges.”
Urging radical action to ensure that the goals of the agreement are met, Mr. Macron told fellow signers to consider steps against countries that rejected it.
“Let’s, for example, stop signing trade agreements with those who don’t comply with the Paris agreement,” he said. “Let’s have our trade agreements take on board our environmental obligations.”
The United States and Syria are the only nations that are not part of the agreement.