At U.N., Trump says U.S. may have to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea

US President Donald Trump speaks during a security briefing on August 10, 2017, at his Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the United States will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

Loud murmurs filled the green-marbled U.N. General Assembly hall when Trump issued his sternest warning yet to North Korea, whose ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests have rattled the globe.

Unless North Korea backs down, he said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.”

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” he said.

He urged United Nations member states to work together to isolate the Kim government until it ceases its “hostile” behavior.

 

A junior North Korean diplomat remained in the delegation’s front-row seat for Trump’s speech, the North Korean U.N. mission said.

Turning to Iran, Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, was an embarrassment and hinted that he may not recertify the agreement when it comes up for a mid-October deadline.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

“I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it,” he said.

He called Iran an “economically depleted rogue state” that exports violence.

The speech marked his latest attempt to lay out his America First vision for a U.S. foreign policy aimed at downgrading global bureaucracies, basing alliances on shared interests, and steering Washington away from nation-building exercises abroad.

Trump, who entered the White House eight months ago, told world leaders at the 193-member global body that the United States does not seek to impose its will on other nations and will respect other countries’ sovereignty.

“I will defend America’s interests above all else,” he said. “But in fulfilling our obligations to other nations we also realize it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure.”

Reading carefully from a script, Trump said the U.S. military would soon be the strongest it has ever been.

Turning to Venezuela, Trump called the collapsing situation there “completely unacceptable” and said the United States cannot stand by and watch.

“We cannot stand by and watch,” he said.

Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols, Arshad Mohammed and Yara Bayoumy; Writing by Steve Holland; Editing by Howard Goller

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

4 replies

  1. Nothing much new in his address to the UN. As a neutral observer (from a neutral country less affected by US armies, navies and air forces, I would say that the speach sounded ‘nice’. (if one does not think more deeply). Reflecting on it of course he comes across as a total Hypocrite. No mention that it is American intervention that destroyed countless countries and continues to do so. ‘Fighting terror’ ? while at the same time an American General said that ‘it is not in our interest that the so-called ‘Islamic State’ should be totally destroyed’. Ah, yes, we have to take all the politicians say ‘with a pinch of salt’. May Allah be our protector at all times.

    • @ Rafiq…Your sound like enemy of American as you said here;
      No mention that it is American intervention that destroyed countless countries and continues to do so.

      Whereas America has been nice to Arab’s countries and protect them from disaster. please look at this way, If America do not give protection to Saudi Arabia, what will happen in Middle East and in this world..? can you imagine it if you have a positive mind..

      Second as you are a Ahmadiyyah Muslim should appreciate to America Government that thousand Ahmadiyyah Muslim can live in peace in America…they can not live in their own country, Pakistan, Right?

      Allah’s warning to those who hate others Quran.5:8, He can not see the truth and then fall into misery hole.
      I urge you as my brother, please do not hate America, thankful to American people, Allah will bless you Bro!

      • Yes, we do appreciate the religious freedom that the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community enjoy in America. We also appreciate the religious freedom that the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community enjoy in Israel (by the way). But peace can only be achieved by ‘ultimate justice’. ‘All round justice’. When a state grants us religious freedom and at the same time floods a country with arms and ammunition so that a country is destabilized (see Libya for instance) then the ‘justice’ is one-sided and therefore does not work. I am sure that the American military could have ‘taken out’ Ghaddafi without flooding the whole country with arms and destabilizing it for decades to come. And Allah protects the Saudi Regime. Yes, they bought how many billion dollars worth of US arms (to kill Yemeni and other Muslims)?

  2. @ Rafiq. the American military could have ‘taken out’ Ghaddafi without flooding the whole country with arms and destabilizing it for decades to come. …

    Extremist Muslims have influenced your mind. Most extremist Clerics always accuse the third parties like Zionist and America if there is some wrong happen in Islamic country, and NEVER take a lesson from Al Quran, where Prophet was defeated by hid enemy at UHUD war.
    Allah said to Prophet, if you lost the war because of you. Not ME!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s