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President Biden will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday morning, where he plans to outline his “vision for American foreign policy and principled leadership in the world,” while offering a “reprimand firm” of Russia’s war against Ukraine and urges the world to continue to oppose its aggression.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the president arrived in New York “with the wind at his back.”
“We are making historic investments here at home. Our alliances are as strong or stronger than they have been in modern memory. Our strong united support for Ukraine has helped the Ukrainians push back Russian aggression,” Sullivan said Tuesday as he anticipated the president’s decision. direction to journalists.
“And we are leading the world in responding to the most important transnational challenges facing the world, from global health to global food security, global supply chains to tackling the climate crisis.
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“Meanwhile, our competitors are facing increasingly strong headwinds, and neither President Xi nor President Putin are showing up for this global gathering,” Sullivan added.
During his speech, Biden is expected to underscore the importance of strengthening the United Nations, continuing to invest in and address global food insecurity, and outlining how the United States has “restored its global leadership and integrity” on the world stage.
Sullivan said Biden will stress the importance of continuing to oppose Russian efforts and “standing strong with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.”
“Among other things, he will offer a firm rebuke for Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine and call on the world to continue to oppose the open aggression we have seen in recent months,” Sullivan said.
Asked if Biden would discuss taking action to remove Russia from the UN Security Council, Sullivan said that’s “not something” Biden brings up during his speech, but stressed that “the world can see that when a permanent member acts in this Somehow, it strikes at the heart of the UN Security Council”.
“And that should lead everyone collectively to put pressure on Moscow to change course,” Sullivan said.
Regarding China and Taiwan, Sullivan maintained that the Biden administration continues to “support the one China policy”, and also continues “against unilateral changes in the status quo” and defends “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”. “.
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“The president has reiterated those basic commitments every time he has spoken about Taiwan,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said Biden will address his support for “democracy and his belief that democracy, not autocracy, is the model best suited to both its own citizens and transnational challenges.”
“That will continue to be a hallmark of President Biden’s foreign policy and a hallmark of any major speech he gives on it,” Sullivan said, adding that, for every country in the world, whether it’s a democracy or an autocracy, “they” We have all signed the principles of the UN charter”.
Last year, during his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, Biden said the world was “at a turning point in history” and called it a “decisive decade” in which the United States had the intention to “lead all the greatest challenges of our time”. ”
Biden addressed a number of shared global challenges, as he plans to do on Wednesday, including the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, emerging technologies and climate change.
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Since his first speech, Russia has waged a months-long war against Ukraine and China has become increasingly aggressive in the Indo-Pacific.
On nuclear proliferation, the Biden administration has engaged in negotiations to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, known as the Iran nuclear deal. The Iran nuclear deal contains no provisions to stop Tehran’s sponsorship of terrorism around the world.
The administration of former President Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018.
During his speech, Biden will communicate that the United States is prepared for “mutual compliance” and a return to the JCPOA.
“If Iran is prepared to be serious about fulfilling its obligations and agree to that formula, we could reach an agreement,” Sullivan said, adding that the Biden administration will have “opportunities” to consult with European allies in New York during the UNGA. .
“Iran, of course, will have its own commitments, not to any of the American delegation, but to other delegations, including European ones,” Sullivan said. “We’ll see if anything comes of it.”
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Sullivan added: “I don’t expect a big breakthrough in New York because it’s not the main place to advance the jackpot.”
Iran is not invited to the UNGA leaders’ reception, Sullivan confirmed.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” last week that he believes there is little difference between the nuclear posture of Biden and Trump.
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“The new administration in the US claims that it is different from the Trump administration,” Raisi said. “They have said it in their messages to us. But we have not witnessed any change in reality.”