NEW YORK, N.Y. — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly for the first time since his election, President Donald Trump stepped up his threats against North Korea and vowed to “totally destroy” the communist country should leader Kim Jung-Un continue to provoke the United States.
“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” Trump told the 193-member panel as he detailed the acts of the “depraved” North Korean regime.
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission,” he said of Kim Jung-Un, citing North Korea’s most recent missile launch. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
While citing the United States’ military capabilities to take North Korea “out”, Trump called upon the UN panel to aid him in finding a more diplomatic solution to the problem.
“We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril,” Trump said.”As president of the United States, I will always put America first.” Calling North Korea a threat to democracies around the world, President Trump called on other world leaders to do the same.
“It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior. We face this decision not only in North Korea; it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.”
“Put your countries first,” he said.
In addition to addressing the ongoing issue with North Korea, Trump also took advantage of the opportunity before the world council to condemn his predecessor’s deal with Iran.
“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me,” said Trump.
“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. Above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors. The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers,” he continued.
“Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the people will face a choice,” the president challenged. “Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror, or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth, where their people can be happy and prosperous once again? The Iranian regime’s support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its finance, and in Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations. We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them.”
A spokesperson for North Korea’s mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment.