President Donald Trump is asking the world’s nations to join the U.S. in isolating Iran over behavior he deems aggressive.
Trump said in a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly he has launched an “economic pressure” campaign to deny Iran the money it needs to advance a “bloody agenda” of havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.
Trump notes the U.S. withdrawal this year from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and the reinstatement of U.S. economic sanctions.
Trump says Iran does not respect its neighbors or their borders. He says a regime that chants “death to America” and threatens Israel with destruction must not be allowed to have the means to deliver a nuclear warhead.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accuses the U.S. of adopting a hostile stance toward his country.
Earlier in the day, Trump said he won’t meet with Iran’s leadership “until they change their tune.”
Questioned as he arrived at United Nations headquarters Tuesday, Trump said Iran has acted “very badly.” He said the U.S. is doing “many things” right now with respect to Iran, including sanctions.
Trump earlier this year withdrew the U.S. from a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and reinstated economic sanctions.
Trump said he looks forward to having a “great relationship” with Iran but “Iran has to change its tune.”
While Trump spoke in sour terms about current relations with Iran, he spoke glowingly of his budding friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump and Kim met in June in Singapore. Trump says, “We’re doing very well with North Korea.”