G20 Summit: UN Chief answers queries on Iran-US tensions

G20 Summit: UN Chief answers queries on Iran-US tensions

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United Nations, Jun 29 : After UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered his speech on the annual G20 summit, he answered queries on a variety of subjects, including rising tensions between the United States and Iran, and also reiterated his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

“I have always believed and will go on believing that the JCPOA is a very important instrument…and it was a factor of stability, and that it will be very important to preserve it”, he stated. “Obviously, it is essential to de-escalate the situation in the Gulf” to avoid a confrontation that “the world couldn’t afford".When asked to what extent the UN chief held US President Donald Trump responsible for disagreements among the G20 leaders, he stressed the importance of dialogue between the presidents of China and the US, saying theirs was “probably the most relevant bilateral meeting that will take place”.

On the digital economy, the UN chief spoke of the recently concluded high-level panel on the digital cooperation, noting the “huge impact” that it – along with artificial intelligence – will have on the global economy.“We will see a massive destruction of jobs and the massive creation of jobs, but the jobs will be different,” he said, adding that there must be “a strong commitment” by countries to guarantee education, social protection and job creation needed to “minimise the negative impacts” and “optimise the positive contributions of the fourth industrial revolution.”