Feature: Bolivia bashes U.S. policy in front of Trump

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-27 12:22:02|Editor: mym
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by William M. Reilly

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- As he presided over the UN Security Council on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump shot criticism at members and non-members of the panel and quickly got counterblasts, notably from Bolivia.

Trump was able to take the gavel at a session on weapons of mass destruction and the non-proliferation of deadly weapons because the United States holds the council's presidency this month.

The topic allowed discussion of nuclear issues concerning Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as well as chemical weapons in Syria.

In his statement, President Evo Morales of Bolivia wasted no time in lowering charges ranging from the United States financing a 1953 coup in Iran to lying about weapons of mass destruction in order to justify invading Iraq illegally in 2003.

"Now that Iran has retaken control of its own resources it is once again the victim of a U.S. siege," he said, referring to Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstating sanctions on Tehran.

"Bolivia categorically condemns the unilateral actions imposed by the United States of America on Iran," Morales said.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran deal, was signed in 2015 by Tehran and the five permanent members of the Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany.

Trump declared the United States no longer in the deal earlier this year.

"This horrible, one-sided deal allowed Iran to continue its path towards a bomb and gave the regime a cash lifeline when they needed it the most," Trump told the council in his opening remarks. "They were in big, big trouble. They needed cash. We gave it to them."

In refutal, Morales said, "the United States has withdrawn from the JCPOA hiding behind pretext to continue its policy of interference and meddling in the internal affairs of this brother country, Iran."

He went on to list the "three most egregious aggressions of the 21st century" -- in Iraq, Libya and Syria.

"After the last few months the United States has demonstrated its contempt for international law, multilateralism and for the purposes and principles of the United Nations," Morales said, in reference to frequent statements by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres advocating multilateral diplomacy.

"Each time the United States invades states, launches missiles or finances regime change it does so behind a propaganda campaign which incessantly repeats the message that it is acting in the course of justice, freedom and democracy, in the cause of human rights or for humanitarian reasons," he said.

"In no way is the United States interested in upholding democracy," Morales said. "If such were the case it would not have financed coups d'etat and supported dictators. It would not have threatened with military intervention democratically elected governments as it has done with Venezuela."

His criticism against Washington continued another few minutes before he concluded simply with "Thank you."

Trump showing no reaction, replied quietly and routinely, "Thank you, Mr. President" before giving floor to the next speaker.