President Trump in a fiery speech to the United Nations on Tuesday vowed to “destroy” North Korea if it continues to threaten the US and its allies with nuclear weapons.
“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,” he said in his address to the UN General Assembly, prompting gasps from the assembled world leaders.
“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said, employing a term he first used for North Korean President Kim Jong Un in a tweet Sunday. “No one has shown more contempt for their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.”
The country’s UN delegation had a front-row seat for Trump’s remarks, but left before he took the lectern, leaving three seats empty.
In his first formal speech to the 193-member organization, he rallied its members to stand together against “those who threaten us with chaos and turmoil and terror.”
“If the righteous men do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” he said in the speech that was supposed to be limited to 15 minutes by UN rules but went on for 45 minutes.
“No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles,” Trump declared.
He also thanked members of the UN Security Council, which has imposed several rounds of sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for detonating a nuclear device and launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.
But he also chided those countries that still do business with Pyongyang.
“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with North Korea, but arm it,” he said.
Source: NY Post