Trump says Iran 'failing,' predicts it will deal

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Donald Trump says Iran will eventually want to negotiate a deal with him because the country is basically "failing."

Trump says "everything about Iran is failing right now." He described its inflation as the worst in the world and its currency as a "disaster."

He says Iran's leadership will "at some point" want to talk or risk experiencing the "worst economic trouble of any country in the world."

Trump commented on Iran as he met with Colombia's president in New York on Tuesday.

Trump said in a Tuesday speech at the U.N. that the U.S. has begun an "economic pressure" campaign against Iran over nuclear ambitions and behavior in the region.

Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are both attending the U.N. session, but do not plan to meet.

Trump's address to the U.N. General Assembly has drawn blank stares, headshakes and even laughter from wary world leaders.

His opening line Tuesday, as he bragged about how successful his administration has been, was widely laughed at by the assembled group of world leaders.

Trump briefly appeared flustered before remarking that it was not the reaction he expected.

Trump has long claimed that his predecessors' weak leadership prompted other nations "to laugh" at the U.S.

Some in the audience also grumbled during Trump's remarks when he said "we reject the ideology" of globalism and criticized nations such as Germany for agreeing to an oil pipeline with Russia.

When Trump criticized socialism, a member of the Swedish delegation frowned with disapproval.

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