United States will 'totally destroy North Korea' if pushed, Trump says

Trevor Jackson
September 20, 2017

North Korea's Ambassador to the U.N., Ja Song Nam, leaves his seat prior to the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump to address the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in NY.

American President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the United States would have to annihilate North Korea if Washington is forced to defend itself or its allies from Pyongyang's nuclear threats.

He also called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a "Rocket Man" on a suicide mission.

"The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies", Trump said, "but we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return".

Addressing the General Assembly is a milestone moment for any president, but one particularly significant for Trump, a relative newcomer to foreign policy who has at times rattled the global community with his unpredictability.

Trump complained that the USA pays 22 percent of the United Nations' operating costs and 28 percent of its peacekeeping costs.

But even with that scolding, Trump pledged to the U.N. that the United States would be "partners in your work" to make the organization a more effective force for world peace. "The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary".

"We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions or same systems of government", Trump said at the U.N. He added that he does expect all nations to "respect the interest of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation".

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Although he praised UN member countries for the sanctions it imposed on North Korea, Trump also took a swipe at China, saying "It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a nation but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world".

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. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who called the president's remarks Tuesday - about North Korea and about other global threats and challenges - "severe disappointments". The ambassador left his seat prior to Trump's arrival.

While running for office, Trump had labeled the United Nations weak and incompetent.

Trump suggested he may try to kill the deal reached by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015. As another critic of the agreement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, looked on approvingly, Trump claimed the nuclear deal "provides cover" for Iran to engage in "eventual construction of a nuclear program".

But, the United States leader added, the greatest threat to the Tehran regime was not the American military, but the Iranian people who want change.

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.

The United States has "done very well" since his election last November, Trump said.

But the president stood before world leaders and a global audience and declared that U.N. members, acting as a collection of self-interested nations, should unite to confront global dangers.

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