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U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated calls on the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to pump more oil and stop raising prices. Trump said in Tuesday’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly that OPEC members were “as usual ripping of the rest of the world.” Trump told OPEC that the US was “not going to put up with . . . these horrible prices much longer”. His warning came in a speech to the international body in which the US president also urged other countries to help squeeze the regime in Tehran by cutting oil imports from Iran. “I don’t like it, and nobody should like it,” Mr Trump said about OPEC. “We defend many of these nations for nothing and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices, not good. We want them to stop raising prices, we want them to start lowering prices, and they must contribute substantially to military protection.” He said the U.S. is the world’s largest donor of foreign aid “but few give anything to us.” He says that’s why he has asked Pompeo to review the billions of dollars in foreign aid the U.S. hands out each year. Trump says the review will examine what is working and what is not working and whether countries that receive U.S. aid “have our interests at heart.” Trump says going forward “we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends.” Trump also vowed more sanctions against Tehran. “Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction. They do not respect their neighbours or borders or the sovereign rights of nations,” he said. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in his turn to addressed the assembled world leaders suggested that U.S. President’s pull back from global institution was a character defect. “Confronting multilateralism is not a sign of strength. Rather it is a system of the weakness of intellect – it betrays an inability in understanding a complex and interconnected world,” he said. “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.


 

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