Fiery Trump lashes Iran’s ‘corrupt dictatorship’ at UN

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated 20 September 2017
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Fiery Trump lashes Iran’s ‘corrupt dictatorship’ at UN

JEDDAH: US President Donald Trump addressed the UN General Assembly for the first time Tuesday, saying Iran’s government is a corrupt dictatorship disguised as a democracy.
Tehran “has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos,” Trump said. “The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, Iranian people.”
He added that Tehran uses its resources and oil profits to fund Hezbollah and other terrorist groups that kill innocent Muslims and attack peaceful Arab states.
“This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iranian people, also goes to shore up (Syrian President) Bashar Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East,” Trump said.
He added that the world cannot let Tehran continue these destabilizing activities while building ballistic missiles, and cannot abide by the nuclear deal if it provides cover for an eventual nuclear program.
“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trump said. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States.”
He added that Iran must stop supporting terrorists, start serving its own people and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.
He said Tehran’s support for terrorism is in stark contrast to recent commitments by many of its neighbors to combat terrorism and its financing.
“In Saudi Arabia… I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations,” said Trump.
“We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them.”
He added that the US cannot allow terrorism and extremism to tear up “our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world. We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology.”
He said the US is working with its allies throughout the Middle East to crush terrorists and stop the re-emergence of safe havens that they use to launch attacks against innocents.
Speaking about recent setbacks to Daesh, Trump said in Syria and Iraq, there has been major progress toward the terrorist group’s lasting defeat.
Over the Syrian crisis, he said: “We seek the de-escalation of the conflict and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people.”
“The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens, even innocent children, shocked the conscience of every decent person.” He added that no society could be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to proliferate.
Trump referred to North Korea’s leader as “rocket man,” and described him as being on “a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the US finds itself “forced to defend itself or its allies.”
He added: “No one has shown more contempt for other nations, and for the well-being of their own people, than the depraved regime in North Korea. It’s responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans.”


UAE’s Gargash: Arab coalition’s full control of Hodeidah only a matter of time

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UAE’s Gargash: Arab coalition’s full control of Hodeidah only a matter of time

  • Gargash, speaking to reporters in Dubai, estimated the number of Houthi fighters in Hodeidah at between 2,000 to 3,000
  • The UN envoy for Yemen carried a plan to halt fighting around the key aid port of Hodeidah where Houthi militia have been battling a regional coalition as he arrived Saturday in the militia-held capital Sanaa

DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthis for control of Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah will take a “calculated and gradual” approach to the battle, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Monday.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said the military alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE was taking into consideration a “fragile humanitarian situation,” avoiding civilian casualties in addition to military calculations.

Gargash, speaking to reporters in Dubai, estimated the number of Houthi fighters in Hodeidah at between 2,000 to 3,000. He declined to reveal the size of coalition forces but said they had “numerical superiority.”

He said that the Arab coalition’s full control of Hodeidah only a matter of time.

Gargash added that the Hodeidah port is a “major artery” for weapons smuggling from Iran to the Houthis.

“The liberation of Hodeidah is a major step in freeing Sanaa,” the UAE minister said, adding that “the roads leading to the port are filled with mines.”

France is said to be helping the Arab coalition in demining the roads.

“We have opened the road from Hodeidah to Sanaa to allow the militias to flee without resistance,” Gargash said.

The UN envoy for Yemen carried a plan to halt fighting around the key aid port of Hodeidah where Houthi militia have been battling a regional coalition as he arrived Saturday in the militia-held capital Sanaa for emergency talks.

Martin Griffiths was expected to propose to militia leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee and halt heavy clashes against advancing government troops backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

(With AFP - Reuters)