'I didn't expect that reaction': Trump's boasting provokes laughter at UN

World leaders laugh as Trump boasts of his achievements

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK", he said, laughing off the chuckles that rippled through the hall.

"When we made a USA contribution of $60 million in January, we made it clear that the United States was no longer willing to shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden of UNRWA's costs that we had assumed for many years", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement earlier this month. He also vowed the U.S. would be "aggressive and unwavering" in enforcing economic sanctions.

Iran is a major focus of the annual week of United Nations diplomacy, months after Trump irritated U.S. allies in Europe by withdrawing from a 2015 agreement under which Tehran has sharply curtailed its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. He insisted his focus on American "sovereignty" has paid off, helping to foster both peace and prosperity.

"The new US-Korea agreement includes significant improvements to reduce our trade deficit and expand opportunities to export American products to South Korea", Trump told reporters at the signing ceremony in NY on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly.

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In a speech before world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Trump issued a sharp warning to the leaders Iran, Syria, Venezuela and China over what he described as their rogue behavior.

He also talked up his administration's relationship with North Korea and its progress towards denuclearisation.

One year after mobilizing the global community against North Korea, Donald Trump is trying to force another arch enemy to the negotiating table by targeting Iran with a similar campaign of "maximum pressure".

"Iran's leaders plunder the nation's resources to enrich themselves and spread mayhem across the Middle East and beyond", Trump said in his second speech before the global body. "They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations".

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Those comments came only hours after Mr. Trump on Twitter said he was sure Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, is a "lovely man", comments that perplexed some given Rouhani's reputation as a brutal leader. "Iran's leaders plunder the nation's resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles ..." They are enforcing new sanctions, working with us to identify and track terrorist networks and taking more responsibility for fighting terrorism and extremism in their own region. He has disrupted the world order by withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, and threatened to punish North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations for not paying more for their common defense.

"We will not be governed by an worldwide body that is unaccountable to our own citizens", Trump declared.

Trump administration officials also upped their rhetoric against Iran in separate remarks in NY on Tuesday.

"What Iran says is clear: no war, no sanctions, no threats, no bullying; just acting according to the law and the fulfilment of obligations", Rouhani said.

While US hardliners reject the president's reputation as a moderate, the Iranian government - with Rouhani resoundingly re-elected past year on a platform of better relations with the world - is far more multifaceted than North Korea where Kim's family has ruled with an iron fist for more than a half-century.

European leaders have announced a new payment mechanism for Iran to avoid fresh United States sanctions. "We reject the ideology of globalism".

Aum, who also studies the U.S.

Trump opened his address with boasts of U.S. economic and military might and a rejection of "global governance".

However, he criticized OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, for high oil prices.

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