On Trumps Agenda at UN: North Korea, Iran and Other Grave Dangers
U.S. President Donald Trump will urge other countries to confront North Korea’s nuclear program, Iran’s malign actions in the Middle East and other global dangers when he meets with and addresses world leaders for the first time at next week’s annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly.
Trump will “emphasize the need for states to promote peace and prosperity while upholding sovereignty,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said in a briefing Friday to outline the president’s schedule. ‘He will urge all states to come together to address grave dangers that threaten us all.”
Confronting Iran’s actions beyond a 2015 nuclear deal, as well as dealing with North Korea’s continued nuclear program, will be a major focus for Trump during his four-day trip, McMaster said. Trump will meet with numerous officials during the visit to New York, including leaders of Israel, Turkey, South Korea, Japan and Qatar.
Both McMaster and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the last two rounds of sanctions passed by the UN Security Council against North Korea need more time to have an impact on Kim Jong Un’s regime. Trump will discuss next steps in the crisis with the leaders of Japan and South Korea as well, Haley and McMaster said.
“What’s different about this approach is we’re out of time,” McMaster said about U.S. efforts to get Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons program and missile tests. “We’ve been kicking the can down the road and we’re out of road. There is a military option.”
Haley said the U.S. agenda at the UN General Assembly is full, emphasizing efforts to “reform” the global body by cutting spending, including on ineffective peacekeeping programs. She also cited planned discussions on countering terrorism, the crisis in Venezuela and the refugee controversy in Myanmar.
“No one is going to grip and grin,” Haley said. “The United States is going to work.”