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Donald Trump's combative first speech to the UN General Assembly: Who said what

On Twitter on late Tuesday, the US President claimed he met with "leaders of many nations who agree with much (or all) of what I stated in my speech!"
Written by: India TV News Desk United Nations September 20, 2017 10:25 IST
India TV News Desk

US President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations General Assembly drew varying reactions from around the world.

On Twitter on late Tuesday, the US President claimed he met with "leaders of many nations who agree with much (or all) of what I stated in my speech!"

Here are reactions from leaders on the two sides of Trump's black-and-white ledger:

Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran
Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times-not the 21st Century UN -unworthy of a reply. Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California
Trump used the United Nations "as a stage to threaten war."

Mitt Romney, onetime Republican presidential nominee
Trump "gave a strong and needed challenge" to the United Nations.

Margot Wallstrom, foreign minister of Sweden
This was a bombastic, nationalist speech. It must have been decades since one last heard a speech like that in the U.N. General Assembly. ... This was a speech at the wrong time to the wrong audience.

Park Soo-hyun, spokesman for South Korea's presidential office
We believe (he) expressed a firm and specific stance regarding the important issue of maintaining peace and security now facing the international community and the United Nations.

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament
Syria, Cuba and Venezuela are (painted as) almost the worst dictatorships in the history of the humankind.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza
No leader can come and question our democracy, can come and question our sovereignty. We do not accept threats from President Trump or whoever in this world.

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