Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump is seeking to isolate Iran internationally US President Donald Trump is expected to voice fresh criticism of Iran later when he chairs a UN Security Council session on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.It is only the third time a US leader will have presided over the…
US President Donald Trump is expected to voice fresh criticism of Iran later when he chairs a UN Security Council session on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
It is only the third time a US leader will have presided over the body.
On Tuesday Mr Trump accused Iran’s leaders of sowing “chaos, death and destruction” in an address to the UN General Assembly in New York.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the US as a “bully”.
Iran is not a member of the security council but President Rouhani is planning to hold a news conference after the meeting.
The war of words continued when US National Security Adviser John Bolton warned Tehran later on Tuesday there would be “hell to pay” if it harmed the US, its citizens or its allies.
The BBC’s Nick Bryant in New York says open meetings at the Security Council are usually heavily scripted and the council president is expected to adhere to formal wording.
However, the council chamber is probably the closest thing in international diplomacy to a corporate boardroom and precisely the type of stage Mr Trump relishes, our correspondent adds.
When the meeting starts, he will make a statement and then all council members will follow. It is expected to take about two hours for all the speeches to be heard.
Mr Trump will be in the chair because the US currently holds the rotating presidency of the security council.
What is the latest US criticism of Iran?
Mr Bolton, the former US envoy to the UN, told an event on the sidelines of the General Assembly that the “murderous regime” in Tehran would face significant consequences if they continued to “lie, cheat and deceive”.
Mr Bolton, who has argued for military action against Iran in the past, also said the US would be aggressive in enforcing economic sanctions.
The US State Department on Tuesday issued a reportdetailing what it said was the “scope of the Iranian regime’s destructive behaviour at home and abroad”. The report said Iran had “a stockpile of hundreds of missiles that threaten its neighbours in the region”.
What did Trump say at the UN?
The US president defended his decision to abandon the 2015 accord, negotiated by then President Barack Obama, which saw Iran limit its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
“Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction,” Mr Trump told the general assembly.
“They do not respect their neighbours or borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.”
Mr Trump believes renewed sanctions and economic pressure will force Iran to agree to a new deal.
How did Iran respond?
Mr Rouhani told the UN General Assembly that dialogue should begin by ending threats and what he called “unjust sanctions”, adding that no nation could be brought to the negotiating table by force.
“The economic war that the United States has initiated under the rubric of new sanctions not only targets the Iranian people but also entails harmful repercussions for the people of other countries, and that war has caused a disruption in the state of global trade,” he said.
“What Iran says is clear: no war, no sanctions, no threats, no bullying; just acting according to the law and the fulfilment of obligations.”
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