Speaking at United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that United States will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea if the country doesn’t back down from its nuclear challenge. Trump also mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission. Reuters reports that loud murmurs filled the green-marbled UN General Assembly hall when Trump issued his sternest warning yet to North Korea. Unless North Korea backs down, he said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.” “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” the US President added.
The US President further urged United Nations member states to work together to isolate the Kim government until it ceases its “hostile” behavior. On North Korea’s part, a diplomat remained seated in the delegation’s front-row seat for Trump’s speech, country’s UN mission said. Trump turned to Iran after lambasting North Korea. The US President said that the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, was an embarrassment. He even hinted that he may not recertify the agreement when it comes up for a mid-October deadline. “I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it,” he said.
Trump called Iran an “economically depleted rogue state” that exports violence. Donald Trump’s speech also marked his latest attempt to lay out his America First vision for a US foreign policy aimed at downgrading global bureaucracies, basing alliances on shared interests, and steering Washington away from nation-building exercises abroad.