US president Donald Trump today hit out at all countries involved in supporting and financing terrorism. In his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump used the 41-minute speech to take aim also at Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional influence, Venezuela’s collapsing democracy and the threat of Islamist extremists.
Here are the highlights of Trump’s speech:
Veiled attacks on China, Pakistan
Trump didn’t name China and Pakistan in the speech but made veiled attacks on the two countries while talking about North Korea and Islamic terrorism respectively during his speech. China is North Korea’s largest trading partner. He said, “It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.”
While talking about Iran and terrorism, Trump said “it is time to expose and hold responsible” nations that provide funding and safe havens to terror groups, weeks after he warned Pakistan for supporting “agents of chaos.” US views Pakistan as the country that provides safe haven to terrorists.
Trump said that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and “the Islamic extremist that inspires them.”
“We will stop radical Islamic terrorism, because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world,” he said, adding, “It is time to expose and hold responsible” nations that provide funding and safe havens to terror groups, Trump said without naming any country.
On North Korea
Trump said the US will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge. He also mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.
North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests have rattled the globe. 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,” he said.
He also urged United Nations member states to work together to isolate the Kim government until it ceases its “hostile” behavior.
Trump termed the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, as an embarrassment. He hinted that the US 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.
He also called Iran an “economically depleted rogue state” that exports violence and terror.
On Venezuela, Communism
Trump called the collapsing situation in Venezuela as “completely unacceptable” and said the United States cannot stand by and watch. He warned the United States was considering what further actions it can take.
Turning to Communism, Trump said all countries that have adopted real communism have brought miseries to their people.
America First and always
Trump said, “I will defend America’s interests above all else,” he said. “But in fulfilling our obligations to other nations we also realize it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure.”
Trump also said that the US military would soon be the strongest it has ever been.
Saying that the US will forever be great friends to all countries of the world, especially allies, Trump urged all leaders to put the interests of their respective people and countries first.