Trump chairs his 1st UNSC session as countries clash on Iran & Syria

Trump chairs his 1st UNSC session as countries clash on Iran & Syria
The first UN Security Council meeting chaired by US President Donald Trump proved to be quite dynamic, with world leaders offering vastly different opinions on Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

  • 26 September 2018

    16:30 GMT

    Washington’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has wrapped up the meeting after Trump left his seat during Ethiopia’s address.

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    Sweden’s Wallstrom has mentioned stories of victims of nuclear and chemical weapons. "The use of chemical weapons is morally abhorrent and can never be accepted."

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    Lavrov addressed the "unsubstantiated" rhetoric of the UK regarding the Salisbury affair, noting that London is avoiding the joint investigation that Moscow has offered. "If they do not want to cooperate, does this mean that they have something to hide?" he asked, while calling on London to begin a constructive dialogue.

  • 16:01 GMT

    The government of Syria destroyed their entire chemical arsenal, Lavrov said, adding that terrorists in Syria have chemical warfare agents and are building labs for that purpose.

  • 16:00 GMT

    The US withdrawal of the Iran nuclear deal creates a "serious threat," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that Russia is convinced that JCPOA needs to be kept, in order to avoid escalated tensions in the Middle East which could increase the risk of instability.

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