“We’ll Be Talking About Iran,” Trump Says of UNGA Speech

  • Trump said that much is happening with Iran and promised that these developments would be clarified later.
  • Iran's Foreign Minister has ruled out the possibility of negotiating a new deal on Iran's nuclear program and has called for adherence to the current deal.
  • Yesterday, the leaders of Britain, France, and Germany blamed the Iranian government for attacking Saudi oil facilities in a joint statement.

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, US President Donald Trump is expected to explain his policy towards Iran. At the same time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Western powers’ statements on the Saudi oil facility attack and has demanded Iran’s international condemnation. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected talks with the United States.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA or GA) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN), the only one in which all member nations have equal representation, and the main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of the UN.

President Trump is due to attend the UN General Assembly’s annual meeting in New York and will speak today. Mr. Trump has told reporters about the content of his speech at the UN General Assembly and talks with world leaders. “We’ll be talking about Iran.” He added, “we have a lot of pressure on them right now, more pressure than they’ve ever had, a lot of things are happening with respect to Iran, a lot more than you would know, a lot more than the media knows.” He said that much is happening with Iran and promised that these developments would be clarified later.

Mr. Trump, implying that the US government has exerted maximum pressure on the Iranian government, has implicitly said he will launch new measures to halt its nuclear program and prevent its destructive activity in the region. At the same time, he did not rule out talks with Iranian officials. Mr. Zarif, on the other hand, has ruled out the possibility of negotiating a new deal on Iran’s nuclear program and has called for adherence to the current deal.

Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had called for a new deal to back Mr. Trump’s stance on Iran’s nuclear program. Mr. Zarif rejected the proposal and urged the three European nations— Britain, France, and Germany— to take an independent stance from the United States and not prevent it from being implemented.

António Guterres is a Portuguese politician and diplomat who is serving as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015.

At the same time, Mr. Pompeo praised the recent position of Western powers in blaming Iran for attacking Saudi oil facilities in a statement on Twitter. Yesterday, the leaders of Britain, France, and Germany blamed the Iranian government for attacking Saudi oil facilities in a joint statement.

Mr. Pompeo said that the United States appreciates its close friends, Britain, France, and Germany, for their explicit statements on Iran’s responsibility for the war against Saudi Arabia and its effects on the region and the world.  “This will strengthen diplomacy and the cause of peace,” said Pompeo.

The recent attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, for which Iran is blamed, is expected to be a key issue at the General Assembly meeting and will be addressed by officials in a number of countries. After the attack, rumors surfaced of the US and Saudi retaliatory action, but some observers said the two countries were likely to seek global support before taking any action. Their positions on this matter and the public opinion of the world against the Iranian government will come up.

The UN secretary-general has condemned the attack as an act against world energy stability and security, though many have refused to name the cause of the attack and have called for independent investigations.

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