Trump and Rouhani flip scripts at the United Nations

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The traditional scripts were flipped during Tuesday's dueling addresses by U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly - the second of the Trump presidency.

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Before he was elected president, Donald Trump frequently said the world was laughing at the United States - and he promised he could change that.

Mr Trump smiled at the laughter before responding: "I didn't expect that reaction but that's okay".

Light moments are exceedingly unusual in the UN General Assembly, which follows a strict protocol in with each world leader is escorted to the rostrum for an address on issues of the day.

The remaining members in the Iranian nuclear deal say they will set up a new payment system to maintain business with Iran and bypass United States sanctions.

He did not, though, comment on whether any U.S. or worldwide inspectors had been allowed into nuclear sites in the reclusive communist country but said verification was important in any nuclear agreement.

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Trump held an unprecedented summit with Kim in Singapore in June that yielded a broad pledge by Kim to "work toward" denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump maintained that the 2015 nuclear deal to end Iran's nuclear weapons program, which he withdrew the United States from, was a "windfall for Iran's leaders" and boosted its military budget by almost 40-percent to "finance terrorism and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen". "We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return".

Trump has had a troubled relationship with the United Nations since entering the White House.

"We have engaged with North Korea (DPRK) to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace", he said.

Rouhani is nearly certain not to attend the Security Council meeting that will test Trump's ability to maintain diplomatic decorum and interact with representatives of rival nations.

Pompeo argues that the president's focus on defending American sovereignty has paid dividends for both the USA and the rest of the world. However, Trump added that sanctions on the nation will stay in place "until denuclearization occurs". But there's a reason that many people who work with United Nations institutions say of the body: "If it didn't exist, we'd have to invent it".