Trump chairs his 1st UNSC session as countries clash on Iran & Syria
26 September 201816:30 GMT
Washington’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has wrapped up the meeting after Trump left his seat during Ethiopia’s address.
- 16:30 GMT
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."
- 16:15 GMT
Trump has left the UNSC chamber, along with his security detail, but not his delegation. Unclear whether he is just going to the toilet and will return to wrap up.— Julian Borger (@julianborger) September 26, 2018
- 16:06 GMT
At #UNSC, FM Lavrov mentions special responsibility of U.S. and Russia, as the world's two major n-armed states, to engage in dialogue on "global strategic stability." At the moment, the two have not had such discussions since 2017 and the future of New START & INF are at risk.— Daryl G Kimball (@DarylGKimball) September 26, 2018
- 16:04 GMT
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.