Donald Trump vows to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

Mr Trump told the UN "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime" and added that if the U.S. was "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

Seoul is within artillery range of North Korea, which is also believed to have a sizeable chemical and biological arsenal.

"With those words, President Trump handed the Kim regime the soundbite of the century", said Marcus Noland at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who was observed crossing her arms, told the BBC: "It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience".

"He did so gradually in the speech; in the beginning he began in a more conciliatory manner and towards the end he adopted squarely a neoconservative line of regime change and war in fact", Farha told Al Jazeera.

President Donald Trump issued a strong warning to North Korea at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday. A junior North Korean diplomat sat in the delegation's front-row seat for Trump's speech, the North Korean U.N. mission said.

Reaction around the United States was mixed.

"In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch", Trump said.

But Mr Lavrov said it looked like it was Washington, which is in the midst of a US$1 trillion, 30-year modernisation of its aging ballistic missile submarines, bombers and land-based missiles, that was in breach of the same treaty.

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".

"That deal is embarrassment to the United States and I don't think you've heard the last of it, believe me", Trump said, a sign he's preparing to weaken the deal.

Trump has long portrayed Iran as a sponsor of terrorism and has suggested that the United States may abandon the 2015 deal negotiated by the Obama administration and five other major powers that limited Iran's nuclear activities.

The newspaper also said sanctions should not interfere with legitimate trade between North Korea and the outside world, or harm everyday people. "Renouncing it would be a grave error", he said.

The United States government is scrambling to determine whether those two countries are still providing the ingredients for the highly volatile fuel and, if so, whether North Korea's supply can be interrupted, either through sanctions or sabotage.

Trump also offered an economic justification for his decision to sharply reduce the number of refugees the United States takes in.

At another point in the speech, Trump said: "We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea". In the past, he has faulted the a venue for too much talk and too little action.

From the rostrum of a great hall where they work to promote world peace, a man threatened to make thermonuclear war and incinerate 25 million people.

"If they are trying to shock us with the sound of a dog's bark they are clearly having a dog dream".

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