Fitting Replies to U.S. President’s Threats

Jorge Arreaza, Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, replied to Trump’s speech at a September 19 press conference: “The United States Government is in complete violation of all the principles of the UN Charter.” Venezuela is a country of peace and no country can or has the right to violate Venezuela’s sovereignty, he said. “We do not accept threats from President Trump, we are a people of peace and what we want are relations of mutual respect, not only with the United States, but with all the countries of the world,” he added.

He accused the U.S. government and its allies in Latin America, Europe and elsewhere of trying to stifle and drown the Venezuelan people with the economic measures imposed by the White House to force a change of regime. “They want the people to suffer, they want to create and impose a humanitarian crisis in our country.”

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez responded to Trump’s speech: “It was an unprecedented speech, aggressive, dominating, openly imperialist. I was surprised by Trump’s manipulation of the issue of sovereignty for the United States, vassalage for the rest; totally ignoring the concept of sovereign equality that inspires the United Nations.”

Rodríguez called Trump’s attack on Venezuela “brutal, unjustified, arbitrary,” and wondered what Trump was referring to when he called for additional actions against Venezuela — “the armed option [or] something worse?”

He said Trump’s threat to destroy Korea was extremely serious: “He threatens to set the Korean Peninsula on fire with a necessarily nuclear conflagration, which could endanger all of humanity — conflict which cannot, in any way, be solved militarily.”

Pointing out that Trump was the head of an empire responsible for the majority of wars taking place on the planet, and that this was a factor in the severe instability and very serious threats to peace and security internationally, Rodríguez said Trump did not have the slightest moral authority to criticize Cuba, “a small country, an island of solidarity that has broad international cooperation, a government of recognized honesty and transparency, a dignified, hard-working people, the site of Colombia’s peace process, a country known for its stability.”

In delivering Cuba’s address to the General Assembly, Rodriguez said the “patriotism” invoked in the statement delivered by Trump embodied “an exceptionalist and supremacist vision of ignorant intolerance in the face of diverse political, economic, social and cultural models.”

The leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, responded to Trump’s speech in a September 21 statement released by the Korean Central News Agency. The statement noted the unhelpful nature of Trump’s remarks only increases the tension on the Korean Peninsula and rejected Trump’s insults against the DPRK and his threats to “totally destroy” a sovereign state, which go far beyond threats of regime change or to overturn a social system. Kim stated that Trump’s remarks had only galvanized the DPRK in its present course of action, which is to bolster its self-defence capabilities until such time as the U.S. shows a willingness to enter into direct and genuine negotiations for peace.

Referring to “the dangerous situation on the Korean Peninsula,” President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the Republic of Uganda asked, “Who would lose if North Korea and South Korea, those kith and kin, were left alone to discuss their re-unification?” He said the Korean nation has been in existence since 1234 AD and was temporarily divided towards the end of the Second World War. He asked why this division should be allowed to be permanent and a source of dangerous tensions: “A unified Korea would be a very strong nation. Why do some actors fear strong nations in the world?  Why should the Koreans themselves (North and South) allow external forces to continue to divide them?”

Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned unilateral sanctions and threats of invasion made by the United States government against Venezuela. “Our region is nobody’s backyard,” he said and called on the U.S. to end its blockade of Cuba and provide economic reparations, and return the territory occupied by its naval base in Guantánamo to Cuba. He added that any military solution on the Korean Peninsula must be avoided and negotiations resumed. “We must fight capitalism, colonialism and imperialism,” he said, adding that success in that regard would lead to equality, social justice, peace and development.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump’s remarks were: “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric.”

“The exiting of the United States from [the nuclear agreement with Iran] would carry a high cost, meaning that subsequent to such an action by the United States of America, no one will trust America again,” President Rouhani said in an interview with NBC before Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly.

Rouhani said that should the United States pull out of the nuclear agreement, Iran would consider going “back to previous activities,” developing peaceful nuclear technology for energy production.

“So we will never go towards production of nuclear weapons, just as in the past we never intended to go towards that path, nor did we ever. It has always been peaceful,” Rouhani affirmed.

(AVN, Cubadebate, UN News, Granma, Telesur)

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