The president of the United States, Joe Biden, intervened before the UN General Assembly with the challenge of convincing his allies to maintain aid to Ukraine at a time when the war has caused rises in food and fuel prices.
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In his speech, Biden attacked Vladimir Putin, referred to the nuclear threat launched by the Russian leader on Wednesday and clarified that the United States is not seeking a “cold war” with China. These are the keys to his speech.
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Putin ‘blatantly violated’ UN Charter
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, attacked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as soon as he began his speech before the UN and accused him of wanting to end Ukraine’s “right to exist”.
“This war seeks to end Ukraine’s right to exist, simply put”Biden said in his speech to the UN General Assembly.
As soon as he began to speak, Biden mentioned the Russian president by name and said: “Putin assures that he had to act, because Russia was being threatened. Nobody threatened Russia. Nobody other than Russia was the one who sought the conflict.”
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Warning on the use of nuclear weapons
The US president condemned the actions taken in recent hours by Putin, who has ordered the partial mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists for the war in Ukraine.
In addition, Biden accused Putin of making “irresponsible threats about the use of nuclear weapons”, after the Russian leader promised to protect his country “by all means” and said that those who seek to “blackmail” with atomic weapons must know that “the compass rose can turn against them”.
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After condemning the Russian actions, Biden took the opportunity to warn of other “worrying trends” in the field of nuclear proliferationnot only because of Russia, but also because of the policies of China, North Korea and Iran.
In the case of Iran, Biden said he is ready to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, abandoned by the US during the Donald Trump administration, as long as Tehran meets its obligations.
“The United States is clear: we will never allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. I still think that diplomacy is the best way to achieve this result,” he said.
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More broadly, Biden called on the entire world to recommit to strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and assured that, regardless of what happens in the rest of the world, the United States is willing to pursue such control measures. of armament.
Expand the Security Council and limit the veto
Biden also called for a reform of the UN Security Council, with an expansion of its permanent and non-permanent members, after this body was blocked by the Russian veto during the war in Ukraine.
The president stressed that permanent members, including the US, must “avoid the use of the veto except in unusual and extraordinary situations” to ensure that the Security Council is “credible and effective”.
In addition, he stressed that the United States is in favor of increasing the number of members of the Council and of giving permanent seats to countries in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Does not seek a ‘Cold War’ with China
The president of the United States affirmed that he does not seek a “Cold War” with China and reiterated that his country will not support any unilateral change of the status quo with Taiwan, whose sovereignty Beijing claims.
“We are not looking for conflict, we are not looking for a Cold War. We do not want any nation to have to choose between the United States and another ally.. But the United States will promote a free, open, safe Indo-Pacific and a prosperous world,” he said.
Biden before the UN General Assembly.
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The president reiterated his government’s respect for the “one China” principle that Beijing imposes as the basis of its ties with any country, so that the only Chinese executive that the US must recognize is the one based in Beijing , which distances it from Taiwan’s independence aspirations.
Biden also spoke during his speech about the food crisis, aggravated by the crisis in Ukraine and that threatens impoverished or developing countries with famine.
About, the president announced 2.9 billion dollars in aidan amount that adds to the 6,900 million dollars that his Government has already allocated this year to food security projects around the world.
*With information from AFP and EFE
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