During his speech Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump said that the Iranian regime is one of the greatest security threats facing the world today.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We deserve peace, cooperation and mutual gain with all. But I will never fail to defend America's interests. One of the greatest security threats facing peace loving nations today is the repressive regime in Iran. A regime's record of death and destruction is well known to us all. Not only is Iran the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism but Iran's leaders are fueling the tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen.
At the same time, the regime is squandering the nation's wealth and future in a fanatical quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. We must never allow this to happen. To stop Iran's path to nuclear weapons and missiles I withdrew the United States from the terrible Iran nuclear deal which has very little time remaining. Did not allow inspection of important sites and did not cover ballistic missiles.
Following our withdrawal, we have implemented severe economic sanctions on the country. Hoping to free itself from sanctions the regime has escalated its violent and unprovoked aggression. In response to Iran's recent attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities we just imposed the highest level of sanctions on Iran Central Bank and Sovereign Wealth Fund.
All nations have a duty to act. No responsible government should subsidize Iran's blood lust. As long as Iran's menacing behavior continues sanctions will not be lifted. They will be tightened. Iran's leaders will have turned a proud nation into just another cautionary tail of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a crusade for personal power and riches.
For 40 years the world has listened to Iran's rulers as they lash out at everyone else for the problems they alone have created. They conduct ritual chants of death to America and traffic in monstrous anti-Semitism.
Last year, the country's supreme leaders stated that Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor that has to be removed and eradicated. It is possible and it will happen. America will never tolerate such anti-Semitic hate. Fanatics have long used hatred of Israel to distract from their own failures. Thankfully, there is a growing recognition in the wider Middle East that the countries of the region share common interest in battling extremism and unleashing economic opportunity. That is why it is so important to have full, normalized relations between Israel and its neighbors. Only a relationship built on common interest, mutual respect and religious tolerance can forge a better future.
Iran citizens deserve a government that cares about reducing poverty, ending corruption and increasing jobs, not stealing their money to fund and massacre abroad and at home. After four decades of failure it is time for Iran's leaders to step forward and to stop threatening other countries and focus on building up their own country. It is time for Iran's leaders to finally put the Iranian people first. America is ready to embrace friendship with all who genuinely seek peace and respect.
Many of America's closest friends today were once our greatest foes. The United States has never believed in permanent enemies. We want partners, not adversaries. America knows that while anyone can make war only the most courageous can choose peace. For this same reason we have pursued diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.
I have told Kim Jong Un what I truly believe that like Iran, his country is full of tremendous, untapped potential but that to realize that promise North Korea must denuclearize. Around the world, our message is clear--America's goal is lasting. America's goal is harmony. And America's goal is not to go with these endless wars. Wars that never end. With that goal in mind, my administration is also pursuing the hope of a brighter future in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the Taliban has chosen to continue their savage attacks. We will continue to work with our coalition of Afghan partners to stamp out terrorism and we will never stop working to make peace a reality.
Here in the Western Hemisphere we are joining with our partners to ensure stability and opportunity all across the region and that mission one of our most critical challenges is illegal immigration which undermines prosperity, rips apart societies and empowers ruthless criminal cartels--mass illegal migration is unfair, unsafe and unsustainable for everyone involved.
Descending countries and the depleted countries and they become depleted very fast, but their youth is not taken care of and human capital goes to waste.