NEW YORK CITY —“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. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able.”
Strong words from US President Donald Trump in his most direct threat to North Korea to date, at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Trump warned the 193 member states gathered at UNGA about the destructive threats the world is now facing.
“Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists, but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.”
As Trump urged the UNGA to level up the pressure on North Korea, the UNs new secretary general Antonio Guterres advocated for a political and diplomatic solution to the North Korean crisis.
“When tensions rise, so does the chance of miscalculation. Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings,” he said. “The solution must be political and this is a time for statesmanship. We must not sleepwalk our way into war.”
The president also used this international platform to take aim at Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional influence.
“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. And above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.”
Meanwhile, the president also touched on immigration calling on world leaders to find ways to resettle migrants fleeing from world crisis, and that uncontrolled migration is unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.
“For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.”
The President concluded his UN debut by urging for a great re-awakening of nations and a revival of spirits.
“History is asking us if we are up to the task. Our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve and a rebirth of devotion.”
On his way out and back to the Trump tower, the president said everything went well and that the United Nations has a great potential.