At UN, Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Kristopher Drake
September 20, 2017

"Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime", he said. He has pulled the Unites States out of multinational agreements, considered shrinking the US military footprint in the world and deployed bombastic language on North Korea that has been criticized by other world leaders.

The packed General Assembly hall greeted Trump's tough rhetoric and calls for individual nation states - rather than supranational bodies - to form the basis of the global order with periods of silence punctuated by polite applause during his 42 minutes of remarks.

"If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

Even as he threatened a military response, Trump said he hoped that would not be necessary. "The powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations can solve many of these vicious and complex problems". "Let's see how they do".

President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened the "total destruction'" of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons. But the president stressed that the global community must do more to isolate the Kim regime.

As for Iran, Bolton said, Trump was just as direct in his criticism of former President Obama's nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. "I don't think you've heard the last of it, believe me", he said.

What is it: Trump will deliver his first address to the full United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking to a packed assembly hall, including dozens of heads of state, Trump defended his doctrine of "America First", while insisting that it need not be an impediment to worldwide cooperation.

What will he say: He is expected to talk about the nuclear threat from North Korea and from Iran; the instability in Venezuela and the fight against terrorism, according to The Associated Press.


"We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we can not allow it to tear up our nation and indeed to tear up the entire world", he said. He has announced plans to withdraw from the United Nations -sponsored Paris climate agreement, for example.

He thundered often about putting "America first", and has withdrawn from what he considered multilateral agreements that he found unfavorable to the United States, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He pledged the United States would be "partners in your work" to make the organization a more effective force for world peace.

As he did on the campaign trail, Trump stressed that the United States would not be a part of any agreements unfavourable to the U.S. "Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions".

Some aides have suggested that Trump employs "principled realism" - making global decisions based on the best outcome for the United States.

"For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region", Trump said.

Trump also criticised the crackdown on democracy in Venezuela - but had little to say about Russian Federation and did not mention climate change, a topic of major concern to the United Nations.

Trump also railed against Venezuela and its leadership, saying the USA will help the Venezuelan people "regain their country and restore their democracy".

"I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis", Trump said. He is also expected to take a couple of swipes at the United Nations itself.

Trump's definition of the "peril" the US faces drew criticism from some of the aggressive president's political opponents.

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