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Trump to double down on Iran criticism as head of UN Security Council

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Donald Trump is attempting to pressure Iran into negotiating a
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  • President Donald Trump will follow up a
    laughter-inducing UN General Assembly address with a much more
    serious session when he sits down as the president of the UN
    Security Council in a talk that promises fireworks.
  • The US currently holds the rotating spot as Security
    Council president, so Trump will be front and center in setting
    global security policy on Wednesday.
  • Trump is expected to keep up his attack on Iran, which
    he and his top officials have slammed in recent
    speeches.

President Donald Trump will follow up a laughter-inducing UN
General Assembly address with a much more serious session on
Wednesday when he sits down as the president of the UN Security
Council in a talk that promises fireworks.

Trump’s UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, remarked that it “is going to
be the most watched Security Council meeting ever.”

On Tuesday, Trump’s speech took a hard line on Iran that
criticized the theocratic regime’s behavior while expressing
support for its people that live under strict Islamic law. Trump
stopped just short of calling for regime change in Iran, but his
top diplomat and security adviser gave more ominous messages.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out European allies for
working together to bypass US sanctions on Iran with a
kind of bartering deal they’re working on
by saying Europe
was “solidifying Iran’s ranking as the number one state sponsor
of terror.”

National Security Adviser John Bolton directly addressed recent Iranian military
threats
, saying “there will be hell to pay” if Iran makes
good on threats of military force against the US or its allies as
sanctions on its oil exports draw near.

On Wednesday, Trump is expected to continue this line of attack
against Iran, whose leaders he said “sow chaos, death, and
destruction” as he simultaneously tweeted his willingness to meet
with those same leaders.

Iran, neither a fixed nor temporary member of the Security
Council, is not expected to attend the meeting.

Trump withdrew from the Iran deal, which six countries signed on
to in 2015, in May 2018. Since then, the US has reimposed
sanctions on Iran. Iran remains in the deal that forbid its
nuclear weapons ambitions, but has refused further negotiations
with the US.

On November 4, the US will impose sanctions on Iran’s oil
exports, which represent a huge chunk of its income.

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