Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Trump Threatens 'Total Destruction' of North Korea in First UN Speech

Trump Threatens 'Total Destruction' of North Korea in First UN Speech

Speaking about the United States, he added: 'If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea'.

The reactions from Zimbabwe delegates occurred during a part in Trump's speech where he discussed the USA bearing an "unfair cost burden".

North Korea was in the front row for Trump's speech, because the United Nations uses a lottery system to determine seating.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday it is incorrect to say China has not been doing enough, referring to Trump's call for the world to do more to uphold sanctions imposed on North Korea. North Korea also test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, proving they theoretically could hit a city in the continental U.S.

He said one presidential speech will have little or no effect on America's reputation in the world, since most nations base their views of the United States on policies, which tend to transcend administrations, not on the views or actions of any individual president.

The speech marked his latest attempt to lay out his "America First" vision for a United States foreign policy aimed at downgrading global bureaucracies, basing alliances on shared interests, and steering Washington away from nation-building exercises overseas. I mean, you had President Obama striking this nuclear deal with Iran, President Trump very critical of that deal.

"The United States is ready, willing and able".

"The longest suffering victims of Iran's leaders are, in fact, its own people", Trump said.


"I don't think you've have heard the last of it", he added, in an apparent reference to his decision on 15 October on whether to certify Iranian compliance or not.

Many U.S. allies in Europe and elsewhere are strongly opposed to any use of force that could further destabilize the Korean Peninsula and East Asia.

Trump did not back down, instead tweeting out the line in his speech vowing to destroy North Korea if needed. "We have a great team".

"The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies", Trump said. In an address to that worldwide body, the president said there is no substitute for sovereign, independent nations.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the few to applaud when the U.S. president said the world could not abide by the Iran agreement "if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear programme".

The speech marked Mr Trump's 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 overseas. His statement, "We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals, but aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are right next door to our vital ally, [South] Korea", came after a missile test by North Korea.

"The powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations can solve many of these vicious and complex problems", Trump said.

So, you know, Trump's portrayal of it in this most multilateral of forums, the United Nations, struck me as one that was not created to go over well with that audience.

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