Trump brings rare laughter to United Nations summit

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Without explicitly naming Trump, the leader of the Islamic Republic accused "rulers in the world", clearly referencing the United States, of trying to seek power "through the fomenting of extremist, nationalism, and racism and through xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition as well as through the trampling of global rules and undermining worldwide institutions".

US President Donald Trump used a session on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction at the UN Security Council to defend his May 8 decision to abandon the nuclear pact under which Tehran limited its nuclear program in return for the easing of US, European and worldwide economic sanctions.

"Didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay", he said in response, appearing flustered.

Trump, seated at the centre of an arc-shaped table, immediately uttered tough words against Iran, saying that a government with Iran's track record "must never be allowed to obtain" a nuclear weapon.

As titters erupted in the audience, Trump paused and remarked, with a smile, "So true".

The Trump administration says China is stepping up covert and overt activities to stifle free speech, punish those who support the president's tough trade stance against China and interfere in the USA political system.

He said the Trump administration made a "second mistake" in holding a meeting of the U.N. Security Council earlier Wednesday during which 14 countries either directly or indirectly backed the nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and five other major powers.

The United States will be "aggressive and unwavering" in enforcing the sanctions on Iran and won't let those sanctions be evaded by the European Union or anyone else, US national security advisor John Bolton said yesterday, dismissing the EU's decision to create a special legal entity for transactions with Iran.

During a roughly 10-minute speech, Trump made no reference to allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election that brought him to power.

Rouhani said Iran will continue working with countries that support the nuclear deal.

Leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales bluntly declared that "the United States does not care about human rights or justice".

The council is populated by five permanent members - the U.S., China, Russia, Britain and France - and 10 other member states, who occupy a council seat for two-year terms.

Subsequently, Trump claimed in a tweet China is placing propaganda in United States newspapers. The notice, published by the China Digital Times, said the Chinese tariffs are meant to split "apart different domestic groups in U.S".

"They needed cash", Trump said.

But Macron's harshest criticism had to do with the Paris climate agreement, which Trump withdrew the USA from in 2017. Only under the guise of foreign interference do the American people feel that they need someone like Trump.

Donald Trump chairing the United Nations Security Council.

"If you look at Mr Pillsbury, the leading authority on China", Trump told a press conference in New York Wednesday.