Netanyahu Passes on 2019 UN General Assembly Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled his speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, instead remaining in Israel to engage in coalition talks. Reported by The Jerusalem Post. Read more…

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, spoke, where he blasted the U.S. for withdrawing from the 2015 deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, saying, “For one and a half years, the US government has sought to deprive Iran of its right to access the world economy by threats and extra-territorial sanctions … Halt the sanctions and return to your commitments so the dialogue may reopen.” He also said that Iran has “resisted the most merciless economic terrorism” from a nation engaging in “international piracy.” He further challenged the sincerity of the U.S.’s invitation to talk, saying, “We cannot believe the invitation to negotiations by people who claim to have applied the harshest sanctions in history against the dignity and prosperity of our nation.” Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Prior to his speech, Rouhani gave an exclusive interview to “Fox News Sunday,” where he accused the U.S. of supporting terrorism in the Middle East. “Today, America, unfortunately, is the supporter of terrorism in our region — and wherever America has gone, terrorism has expanded in the wake,” Rouhani said. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Rouhani also foreclosed the possibility of meeting with Trump at the U.N. General Assembly, a possibility rumored for the past month. Before talks could begin, Rouhani said that “we must create mutual trust, and the trust that is something that Mr. Trump took away from this framework. We had an agreement. Mr. Trump exited without a valid justification, and illegally, from an international agreement.” Rouhani added, “So, if the United States of America’s government is willing to talk, it must create the needed conditions.” Trump said prior to the start of the U.N. session that he had no intention of meeting with Rouhani. Reported by Fox News. Read more…