Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rules out meeting with President Donald Trump

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Bolton's comments were part of a full-court press by Trump administration officials attending the UN General Assembly in NY to condemn Iran and rally other countries to join in an effort to pressure the country into changing its behavior.

In his speech, Trump said the deal was a "windfall" for Iran's leaders, who used billions in sanctions relief to boost their military budget, increase repression, fund terrorism, havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen and enrich themselves.

"Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction", Trump told the gathering in the green-marbled hall.

"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.

Addressing the sovereignty theme, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said Monday Trump would deliver "a recap about his call for every nation to do its part has paid dividends for the United States and the world over this past year".

And even as he proclaimed his "great respect and affection" for Chinese President Xi Jinping, he singled out China as he leveled a broadside against "broken and bad trade deals" and a world trading system he called "in dire need of change". The president has removed the USA from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, citing the country's destabilizing actions throughout the region and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah, and he accused its leaders on Tuesday of sowing "chaos, death and destruction".

"There is no way forward but collective, common-sense action for the common good", he said. "Up until such time when we keep reaping the benefits promised within that agreement for our nation and our people, we will remain in the agreement".

Bolton said that the Trump administration is also implementing measures to specifically target Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who heads the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

"The European Union is strong on rhetoric and weak on follow through", Bolton said, adding "we will be watching the development of this structure that does not exist yet and has no target date to be created". The topic has been a matter of dispute over the extent it focuses on Iran.

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At the United Nations meetings, Trump is expected to use a series of speeches to push a hard line against Iran - trying to persuade skeptical allies to penalize Iran over its support for terrorism and ballistic missile program.

The top USA diplomat is defending President Donald Trump's decision to seek out a second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un even though Kim's government has not followed through on commitments to halt its nuclear program. Aside from Iran, the other participants are Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union. The accord with OPEC member Iran was negotiated under Democratic US President Barack Obama. The United States will not tell you how to live, work, or worship.

This time, Trump praised Kim's "courage" in their countries' ongoing nuclear negotiations. The president remains positive about his accomplishments in the global arena, however, and on Tuesday he painted his speech as a success.

The two leaders are trying to arrange a second summit.

Hours later, when asked by reporters about the laughter, Trump said, "it was great".

Tensions between the United States and the European Union over Iran soared into the open Tuesday after the Europeans announced plans for a legal framework to preserve business with Tehran and evade new U.S. sanctions.

French President Emmanuel Macron called for continued sales of oil by Iran, saying the flow would lower global prices and also benefit peace efforts. "These are not things that can be manipulated by a decision here or there", said Gargash, whose country is an OPEC member.

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday agreed to keep working to maintain trade with Tehran despite skepticism this is possible as USA sanctions to choke off Iranian oil sales resume in November.

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