US President Donald Trump in his first UNGA speech criticised “rogue regimes which support terrorists and threaten other countries”. He also escalated his rhetoric against North Korea.
“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” he said. Trump mentioned North Korea in the 15th minute of his speech. Then, he talked about the death of American student Otto Warmbier after being detained by Pyongyang.
US President said the “entire world” is in peril because of the nuclear threat in North Korea.
“If we are forced to defend ourselves or our allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump says.
He again referred to North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un as “Rocket man” like in a series of tweets he had yesterday. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime, Trump proclaimed. Pyongyang`s delegation at United Nations General Assembly walked out in protest before Trump`s speech began. POTUS said Russia and China do help in solving the crisis, but he asked them to do a lot more.
“Major portions of the world are in conflict and some in fact are going to hell,” Trump said.
Turning to Iran, Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, an embarrassment and one of the worst deals ever made. He hinted that he may not recertify the agreement when it comes up for an October deadline, but didn`t directly make a comment about his intentions.
“I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it,” he said.
He called Iran an “economically depleted rogue state” which “speaks openly of mass murder, death to America and the destruction of Israel, adding it exports violence, supporting terrorist organizations like Hezbollah.
US President called the collapsing situation in Venezuela completely unacceptable and said Washington can`t stand by and watch. He warned the United States was considering what further actions it can take.
“As President of the United States, I will always put America first,” he proclaimed, adding that the US is not looking to impose its lifestyle on anyone.
Inside the hall, one man in the audience covered his face with his hands shortly after Trump made his “totally destroy North Korea” comment. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom crossed her arms.
“It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience,” Wallstrom later told the BBC.
At a press conference after his own address, French President Macron said it would be “inopportune” to threaten North Korea with military action, adding he is hoping that the situation will be resolved by diplomacy and sanctions.
The Venezuelan government rejected Trump’s criticism and accused him in a statement of inciting “a campaign of aggression against Venezuela.” Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called Trump a white supremacist who was returning the world to the Cold War of the 1980s.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump in a statement: “In over 30 years of my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech. President Trump told the truth about the world’s lurking dangers, and called for them to be addressed with fortitude, to ensure the future of humanity.”