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Ellis Copeland | 21 January, 2018, 02:39

Trump's smoldering rhetoric, disdain for multilateral diplomacy, distrust of trade deals and apparent racial and religious prejudices have changed the kind of behavior the world expects from a United States president. America will lead again.

The council meeting was organized by Kazakhstan, which holds the council presidency this month and which after the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union made a decision to relinquish the world's fourth-largest nuclear arsenal.

Global opinion polls indicate that one year into Donald Trump's presidency, America's standing in the world is at a low point. "[F] or 25 years... we've kicked the can down the road".

The roots of his foreign policy were right there in the speech, as he painted a picture of a world that had exploited American generosity, ripped off U.S. firms and workers and was festering with radical Islamic extremism. Lavrov's comments are Russia's first suggestion the deal wouldn't survive a USA pullout.

Each decision flew in the face of worldwide consensus and the best advice of foreign policy elites at home.

Is Trump's foreign policy on Israel, Iran and the GCC all that different from previous administrations?

Secretary-General Guterres also expressed concern that trust between Moscow and Washington "continues to ebb" on nuclear and other issues including "vital strategic arms reduction measures established during and after the Cold War".

Also, when an Arab quartet consisting of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt, broke of diplomatic ties with Qatar, Trump initially tweeted his approval, though he later softened his stance, calling on the countries to resolve their differences diplomatically.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal-which lifted aggressive economic sanctions on Iran if it agreed to halt their nuclear program-has been a source of recent contention. And neither of the country's main political allies, China and Russian Federation, were invited.

In exchange, some U.S. sanctions were lifted and frozen Iranian funds were released. Defense Secretary Mattis along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed that regime change approach will no longer be opted.

IN vs. Michigan State
Bridges is the leading scorer for Michigan State on the year with 16.7 PPG and 7.4 RPG, while Nick Ward has 14.3 PPG and 7.5 RPG. - Senior forward Ben Carter returned to play late in the second half after missing the last three games with an ankle injury.


EPL: Iwobi on target as Arsenal crush Crystal Palace
Luka Milivojevic struck a consolation for visitors as Wenger's side won their first match of 2018 to move within five points of the Premier League top four.


Cavaliers interested in George Hill trade with Kings
Stein also confirmed the Cavaliers have looked at acquiring Sacramento Kings point guard George Hill to stabilize their backcourt. But some of the same problems that have plagued the Cavs - defensive lapses, stagnant offense - resurfaced in the second half.


As the worldwide community is facing a frustrating stalemate in the joint efforts to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile development, Trump has yet to realize that sanctions do not always bring expected results, Dr. Srinivasan Sitaraman, an associate professor at Department of Political Science at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, told Sputnik.

Yet, as always with Trump, there is a tendency for the noise and chaos he creates to trample cool analysis. He said most interdictions to date have taken place in ports and have not required military action.

"If this Iranian deal becomes a token in geopolitical games, how can we ask North Korea to use the same option?" he said. She pointed to its support for "terrorists, proxy militants and murderers like Bashar Assad", the Syrian president. It is clear that he is offensive in some ways, but has he got results?

"The Iran nuclear deal is being questioned; the use of chemical weapons in Syria seriously challenges the global taboo against these weapons of mass destruction".

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said its talks with North Korea, leading to the North's participation in next month's Olympics being hosted by the South, are a "significant first step toward restoring inter-Korean relations".

Likewise, the Trump administration seems in no mood to back down.

"We'll consult all stakeholders and we'll see what we can do", he added.

In the Middle East, the Trump administration has had perhaps its greatest foreign policy success, with the defeat of ISIS in Syria, albeit by carrying out a plan initiated by the Obama administration.

But diplomacy without preconditions is certainly not the mantra of the White House.

Under President Donald Trump, the USA has announced that it will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and obliged Israeli demands to cut funding to UNRWA, the United Nations development body tasked with helping Palestinian refugees. Although experts said the North Korean warheads have yet to demonstrate the ability to survive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, they believe the regime would crack this last hurdle at some point this year.

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