Donald Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Donald Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Donald Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

President Donald Trump has concluded his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, a speech of more than 40 minutes marked by tough talk for North Korea and Iran. Analysts noted that he didn't even differentiate between the Kim regime, as President George W. Bush did with his infamous "axis of evil" speech, and the 25 million people of North Korea.

Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea, a United Nations member state of 20 million people. "That footage will be used time and time and time again on North Korea's state television channel".

Trump's comments probably sound to North Korean ears like empty threats, said Wit.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back by calling the US president "the new Hitler" of global politics. "And this is why there is a clear disagreement on this point with the American President", Merkel said.

Far from persuading Kim to give up his drive for nuclear weapons, analysts said Trump's speech could have the opposite effect.

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed", U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union". But Trump's words were code.

But elsewhere in Caracas, several thousand government supporters marched in protest against the United States. "This is exactly what North Korea is talking about, and [Trump] said it right there on TV in front of the whole world".

His lashing was a vigorous restatement of what's been said by US leaders before, but was likely to hit home harder for being intensely delivered in diplomatic prime time at the U.N. General Assembly.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime", Mr Trump said about the North Korean leader.

Directing criticism at the Kims is heretical for a regime that has created an all-encompassing personality cults around the leaders, turning them into deities. Last month, Trump responded to North Korean missile tests by promising "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

For a meeting of global leaders, the president's address was a garbage can of ideological arrogance, cultural contempt and political shortsightedness.

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"The worldwide community actually appreciated the blunt, honest approach that the president took on North Korea, as well as on Iran", Haley said.

The president touched on a broad spectrum of topics, from the recent spate of deadly hurricanes to his vision of "America First" and the concept of sovereignty, which observers saw as the beginnings of a Trump Doctrine.

The U.S. forces in South Korea, along with other parts of the U.S. military, are "ready to 'fight tonight'" as North Korea raises tensions.

If Trump's words are aimed at calling Kim's bluff and forcing him to stand down, they will nearly certainly backfire.

He said Pyongyang's increased testing of intercontinental missiles and nuclear payloads, "threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life".

The whole rationale of deterrence is to convince the opponent not to carry out an intended action because the costs outweigh their benefits, Kim said. "Or, Pyongyang might laugh and not take his warnings seriously, which is also a big problem too".

US President Donald Trump addresses the General Assembly.

Trump confronted Iran's destabilizing behavior in the Middle East, leaving open the possibility that the USA will unilaterally pull out of the multinational nuclear deal with the country - which he deemed an "embarrassment" - and made an appeal to the Iranian people to stand against their government and seize their future. And he hinted that his administration, which has accused Tehran of aiding terrorism in the Middle East, could soon declare Iran out of compliance with the deal, which could unravel it.

He urged nations to join to stop Iran's nuclear program - he declared the deal to restrain it an "embarrassment" for the United States - and defeat "loser terrorists" who have struck violence across the globe.

On Venezuela, Trump said the goal is for the country's people to "regain their freedom, recover their country and restore their democracy". "They think in terms of dynasties, and they know that we think in terms of electoral cycles".

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