At UN, Donald Trump warns US may have to ‘totally destroy North Korea’
Addressing the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Trump called North Korea a “depraved regime” and urged member nations to turn up the pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons – or else the US will have to step in.
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime… If the US is threatened, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump warned.
The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, it will be forced to resort to this extreme measure, he explained.
This was Trump’s sternest warning yet to Pyongyang, whose recent spate of interballistic missile and nuclear tests have rattled the world.
Throughout Trump’s 41-minute speech at the mega gathering of world leaders at the UNGA, a junior North Korean diplomat had been seated in the delegation’s front-row seat, the North Korean UN mission said.
Trump said all UN member states must work together to isolate the Kim government until it ceases its “hostile” behavior.
In his maiden speech at the world body, the US President also highlighted the threat posed by nuclear-armed “rogue nations,” terrorists and extremists.
“Rogue regimes not only support terrorists but threaten other nations with the most destructive weapon known to humanity,” Trump said.
All responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and “expose and hold responsible” nations that provide funding and safe havens to terror groups, Trump said without naming any country.
“We will stop radical Islamic terrorism, because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world,” he said.
Turning to Iran, Trump called it an “economically depleted rogue state” that exports violence, and added that the controversial Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, may well be on its way out.
Trump , who entered the White House eight months ago, also laid out his America First vision before the gathering of world leaders at the 193-member strong UNGA.
(With inputs from Agencies)