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

Pauline Gross
September 20, 2017

Trump, who has previously warned of "fire and fury" if Pyongyang does not back down, claimed that "no one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea", specifically noting past famines where thousands or possibly millions of North Koreans starved.

Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said the centerpiece of Trump's speech was his criticism of the behavior of North Korea and Iran.

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

"It's safe to say, in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the unacceptable behavior of other member states", Bolton said.

Since taking office, Trump has frequently tested global cooperation.

Things that are "beautiful" to Trump included: The Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II; the overall vision of the United Nations; and the first three words of the U.S. Constitution ("We The People").

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".

Trump also railed against Venezuela and its leadership, saying the USA will help the Venezuelan people "regain their country and restore their democracy". He accused Tehran of squandering Iran's wealth by supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad, Lebanon's Hezbollah militia and Yemen's Houthi rebel group.

The North Korean leader has defied global sanctions by developing nuclear weapons, along with ballistic missiles that could potentially deliver a warhead to Japan, Guam or even the continental United States.

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"Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it, believe me", Trump said.

The administration must decide in mid-October whether it will certify that Iran is still in compliance with the agreement.

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.

"We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela", Trump said, adding that the U.S. has imposed sanctions against the government of President Nicolas Maduro and is prepared to do more.

"To put it simply", Trump said, "we meet at a time of both enormous promise and great peril". He had called the United Nations "bloated and ineffective" while threatening to cut off funding.

"The U.S. will forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies", the Republican president said.

The administration has shied away from talk of nation-building or creating democracies through the use of the US military.

"As long as I hold this office, I will defend America's interests above all else, but in fulfilling our obligations to our nations, we also realize that it's in everyone's interests to seek the future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure", he said.

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