Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Donald Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Addressing the high-level debate at the General Assembly, Guterres said millions of people are living in dread as a result of North Korea's provocative nuclear and missile tests.

Issuing stern threats to North Korea and Iran both, US President Donald Trump while addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday said his country was ready to completely destroy North Korea and confront Iran's "murderous regime".

Adesnik said Trump's threat to North Korea is "nothing compared to the daily propaganda coming out of Pyongyang", although it is still "very much uncharacteristic for American presidents".

He further said, "It is time for North Korea to realise that de-nuclearisation is its only acceptable future".

Mr Trump and again criticised the Obama-era worldwide agreement to tolerate Iran's nuclear program, which he called an embarrassment. "But today global anxieties about nuclear weapons are at the highest level since the end of the Cold War", U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in his first state-of-the-world report since taking the helm of the organization.

"It is time to crush the loser terrorist", Trump said, take a direct shot at what he said was Iran's support for Hezbollah. "That's what the United Nations is for", he said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke with Mr Trump and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley following his NY speech.

Markey's comments came just hours after Trump told more than 150 worldwide delegations at the annual U.N. General Assembly in NY that the United States may "have no choice but to totally destroy" Pyongyang.

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Beginning his maiden speech shortly after arriving at United Nations headquarters in New York, Mr Trump said the world faces destructive threats from rogue states and "terrorists and extremists".

Gatilov said that Russian Federation supports reforms saying they must be comprehensive and ensure that effective programs are not cut.

The Iran nuclear deal has to be recertified by Trump in October.

Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, says that's changing.

The president is also expected to push for countries to become more responsible for their own security instead of having to rely on the United States.

It was Mr Trump's first appearance in the assembly hall, where applause from world leaders is generally muted.

Trump also took potshots at the Venezuela government saying the situation in "socialist dictatorship of Venezuela was unacceptable".

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