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Trump claims great successes in addressing UN General Assembly
[NEW YORK] President Donald Trump in his speech at the UN General Assembly boasted of what he called unprecedented accomplishments in the United States and around the world.
"In less than two years my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," he said, setting off a round of murmurs of laughter by world leaders in the cavernous hall.
"I didn't expect that reaction," he said.
"The United States is stronger, safer and a richer country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago," Mr Trump said. "We are standing up for America and the American people. We are also standing up for the world."
He said that under his administration, the United States had started building a border wall with Mexico, defeated the Islamic State group and eased the crisis with North Korea through his dialogue with the leader of the nuclear-armed state.
"We have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace," Mr Trump said, speaking about his Singapore summit with Mr Kim.
"The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction, nuclear testing has stopped," he said. "I would like to thank chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken though much work remains to be done."
However, Mr Trump said sanctions against North Korea would stay in place until denuclearization occurs, but called the moment "far greater" than people would understand.
He denounced Iran's leaders, calling them a "corrupt dictatorship" responsible for "death and destruction" and said his re-imposition of nuclear sanctions had severely weakened the Iranian government.
"They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations," he said.
While Mr Trump touted US energy independence, he also assailed Opec which includes Saudi Arabia, a strong US ally for rising oil prices.
"We want them to stop raising prices, we want them to start lowering prices," he said in reference to the Opec cartel. "We are not going to put up with it, these horrible prices, much longer."
Warning against international reliance on a single supplier of energy, Mr Trump applauded some European nations, singling out Poland, for moving to establish pipelines with the Baltics to break a dependence on Russian oil - in one of his few mentions of Russia.
But as he has done before, he attacked Germany for what he called its energy dependence.
"Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course," Mr Trump said.