Trump at UN:
'Iranian leaders sow chaos, death and destruction'

US President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

Arutz Sheva Staff, | updated: 18:17

Trump speaking at UN General Assembly
Trump speaking at UN General Assembly

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday addressed the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

Trump said that America was “stronger, safer and richer” than it was when he first came into office, emphasizing that "America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism."

“America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control and domination,” he said.

"I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return."

He praised “great strides” and “historic change” being made in the Middle East as a result of new US policy.

"Following my trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Gulf countries opened a new center to target terrorist financing. They are enforcing new sanctions, working with us to identify and track terrorist networks, and taking more responsibility for fighting terrorism and extremism in their own region.

"The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have pledged billions of dollars to aid the people of Syria and Yemen. And they are pursuing multiple avenues to ending Yemen’s horrible, horrific civil war.

"Ultimately, it is up to the nations of the region to decide what kind of future they want for themselves and their children.

"For that reason, the United States is working with the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, and Egypt to establish a regional strategic alliance so that Middle Eastern nations can advance prosperity, stability, and security across their home region."

Trump slammed the Iranian regime, noting that its leaders “sow chaos, death, and destruction” and “do not respect the sovereign rights of nations,” reinforcing his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions.

"We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a regime that chants 'Death to America,' and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth. Just can't do it," he said.

"We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues. And we ask all nations to support Iran’s people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny."

He also addressed his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and subsequently to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

"The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians," he said, emphasizing that this aim was "advanced, not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts."

"America’s policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage to old dogmas, discredited ideologies, and so-called experts who have been proven wrong over the years, time and time again," Trump said.