In his speech at the UN general assembly on Wednesday, President Sauli Niinistö adopted a different stance from US President Donald Trump on three major issues: the North Korean nuclear threat, the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal. Mr Niinistö emphasised that, with North Korea, a solution can only be sought through negotiations in which the North Korean regime will have to participate without terms and noted that, as a EU member state, Finland supports sanctions against North Korea and urges others to do the same. Mr Niinistö also supported the Iran nuclear deal as well as the recent negotiations between the US and Russia which he hopes will restart arms control negotiations both in Europe and globally. The President emphasised the need for a rapid implementation of the Paris climate agreement.
Media: Helsingin Sanomat
Journalist: Laura Saarikoski
Main source: President Sauli Niinistö