NEW YORK - President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton delivered an aggressive speech targeting Iran on Tuesday, warning the commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, Qassam Soleimani, not to "cross" the United States.
Trump criticized the International Criminal Court for claiming near-universal jurisdiction, saying that the USA "will never surrender America's sovereignty to an unelected unaccountable global bureaucracy".
"In less than two years my administration has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", said Trump. In a rare, almost-human moment, Trump admitted, "I didn't expect that reaction", prompting the assembly to laugh even more heartily.
President Trump told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly today that "America is governed by Americans", thus "we reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism".
Trump says Iran does not respect its neighbours or their borders. "Instead Iran's leaders plunder the nation's resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond".
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Trump said that the U.S. will honor the right of every nation to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions and that he will never tell other nations how to live, work or worship.
He also talked up his administration's relationship with North Korea and its progress towards denuclearisation. Mr Trump's "America First" policies and criticism of allies have clashed with the multilateral spirit of the UN General Assembly.
US officials have said Trump is open to meeting Rouhani on the sidelines of the General Assembly, but has not scheduled any direct talks.
The president paused his prepared remarks.
Trump used his speech on Tuesday to tout his administration's accomplishments, decry United States adversaries like Iran, and touch on issues over which he's long expressed concern, such as global trade and mass migration.
Trump's comments were a welcome change for numerous global diplomats in the room, who previous year were shaken by Trump's menacing comments about Pyongyang.
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"We have racked up $13 trillion in trade deficits over last two decades", he said.
But Mr Trump's main message was aimed at Iran and attempting to drive a wedge between its leadership and its people, days after an attack in southwestern Iran on a military parade killed 25 people and unsettled the country. His continued barbs at former president Barack Obama continue to come back to haunt him.
Rohani asked how can Iran enter into an agreement with a US administration that violates the policies of its predecessor.
In his address, the president put the International Criminal Court and other unelected international organizations on notice, informing these various conglomerates that they do not have authority over the United States and that our government answers only to its citizens.
Trump also referenced sanctions placed on Iran, saying that Washington has launched a campaign of "economic pressure" to deny Tehran the funds it needs to advance its "bloody agenda".
"The United States' understanding of worldwide relations is authoritarian", Rouhani said.
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He has bucked global convention by relocating the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, slashing aid to the Palestinians, and dramatically reducing the number of refugees the US admits from other countries.