DONALD Trump has used a fiery speech to the UN to urge countries to embrace nationalism saying the “future belongs to patriots”.
The US president then attacked China for its trade policy “abuses” and Iran for what he said was the country’s “bloodlust”.
“The free world must embrace its national foundations. It must not attempt to erase them or replace them,” he told the United Nations General Assembly.
“The future does not belong to globalists, the future belongs to patriots. Patriots see a nation and its destiny in ways no one else can.
“Liberty is only preserved, sovereignty is only secure, democracy is only sustained, greatness is only realised by the will and devotion of patriots.”
He then turned his fire on Iran, denouncing its “bloodlust” and calling on other nations to join the United States to apply pressure on Tehran after attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
The September 14 attacks in Saudi Arabia, widely blamed on Iran, have rattled the Middle East and raised concerns about a broader war.
“One of the greatest threats facing peace-loving nations today is the repressive regime in Iran. The regime’s record of death and destruction is well-known to us all,” said Trump.
“As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues, sanctions will not be lifted. They will be tightened.”
The President also denounced China and had a stern message for its president Xi Jingping.
The US president said when the country was admitted to the body in 2001, it agreed to open up its economy but he said that had been disastrous for America.
He told the UN “not only has China declined to adopt promised reforms” but it was guilty of a raft of “abuses”.
These include “massive market barriers, heavy state subsidies, currency manipulation, product dumping, forced technology transfers and the theft of intellectual property and also trade secrets on a grand scale”.
He claimed since China entered the WTO, the US lost 60,000 and it has continued to benefit from still being classed as a developing country despite being the world’s second biggest economy.
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Trump has sought to pressure China to agree to reduce trade barriers through a policy of increasing tariffs on Chinese products coming into the United States.
The two countries are engaged in an increasingly bitter trade war.
“Hopefully we can reach an agreement that will be beneficial to both countries. But as I have made clear I will not accept a bad deal for the American people,” Trump said.
US and Iran – a troubled history
- Before the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran was one of America’s biggest allies in the Middle East and was led by the US-backed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.
- However, since the seismic revolt, Iran has been led by murderous Islamic fundamentalists and tensions with Washington have remained ever since.
- On November 4, 1979, the Iranian regime took 52 US diplomats hostage in response to President Carter’s administration allowing Iran’s deposed former leader into America.
- The hostage crisis lasted for 444 days and also included a failed rescue mission which cost the lives of eight US soldiers.
- In April 1980, the US ended diplomatic relations with Iran – a break which lasted for more than 30 years.
- In April 1983, Washington blamed the Iranian-funded terror group Hezbollah for carrying out a bombing attack on the American embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
- The assault, carried out amid a brutal civil war in Lebanon, killed 17 Americans.
- In November of that year, two truck bombs in Beruit killed 241 US peace keepers. The US again blamed Hezbollah for the incident.
- The Clinton White House, in 1995, placed a total embargo on Iran meaning US companies could not trade with the country.
- And in 2002, George W Bush included the Islamic Republic in his famous “Axis of evil” speech along with North Korea and Iraq.
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