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U.N. Gathering Brings to Fore Clash Between Sovereignty and Multilateralism

U.N. Gathering Brings to Fore Clash Between Sovereignty and Multilateralism by Farnaz Fassihi and Valentina Pop – Wall Street Journal

World leaders streamed into New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly gathering this week, planning to confront persistent global problems as well as a burgeoning debate over two competing world views: national sovereignty and multilateralism.

More than 130 heads of state and government are attending the General Assembly, with some countries such as China and Russia represented by their foreign ministers. The gathering poses an annual challenge to thousands of New York law enforcement officers deployed for the event and to commuters and residents trying to travel across the city.

World leaders will hear from President Trump when he addresses the General Assembly on Tuesday morning; he will lead a Security Council meeting Wednesday on nonproliferation, discussing North Korea, Iran and Syria.

On one top U.S. foreign-policy issue, Mr. Trump met Monday at the U.N. with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and said he would be holding a second round of denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “very soon,” once it is arranged by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…

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