Trump to host U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran

The Wall Street Journal – President Donald Trump will chair a United Nations Security Council debate about Iran during the world body’s annual gathering of international leaders later this month, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said.

Mr. Trump’s Security Council appearance is scheduled for Sept. 26 when he will be in New York attending the U.N. General Assembly and meeting with world leaders.

Mr. Trump isn’t seeking a Council resolution or statement, but rather an opportunity to openly discuss what the U.S. calls Iran’s “violations of international law” and its regional policies, from Lebanon to Syria and Yemen, Ms. Haley said.

By choosing Iran as his marquee topic at the General Assembly over other international issues, Mr. Trump is seeking to focus attention on and gain support for one of his key foreign policies: pressuring and isolating Iran economically and politically.

The U.S. has tried repeatedly—and failed—to bring Iran to the center of the Security Council’s monthly debates about the Middle East, as other Council members, including European allies, have given priority to other ongoing conflicts and to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

 

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