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U.S. will 'totally destroy North Korea' if pushed, Trump says

20 September 2017

What is it: Trump will deliver his first address to the full United Nations General Assembly. "Just like you, the leaders of your countries, should and always put your countries first", said Trump, who assured the U.N. that the United States would not abdicate its leadership position in the world but needed other countries to contribute more.

Trump frequently belittled the U.N.as a candidate and some within his White House believe the U.N acts as a global bureaucracy that infringes on the sovereignty of individual countries.

"[He] said, as he has said many times before, it is one of the worst, most one-sided deals in American history, an embarrassment to the country, and we haven't heard the last of it", Bolton said. "The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary". He has suggested it was "not a friend" to the United States or democracy while deriding it as "a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time". "In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch", Trump said, adding, "As President of the United States, I will always put America first.All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own nations". "I really think we have a chance", said the president. "Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions".

World leaders, many of whom were seeing Trump in person for the first time, were certain to take the measure of the man and parse his every word for clues on how he views the USA role in the world.

Trump also criticised the crackdown on democracy in Venezuela - but had little to say about Russian Federation and did not mention climate change, a topic of major concern to the United Nations.

"I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis", Trump said.

He then went on to blast socialism in places like Venezuela and Cuba, saying that their problems stem from the fact that "socialism has been faithfully implemented".

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Trump's definition of the "peril" the USA faces drew criticism from some of the aggressive president's political opponents.

In an address to the U.N. General Assembly in NY, broadcast live, Trump singled out North Korea as a rogue regime that has violated every principle on which the global body is based. But the president stood before world leaders and a global audience and declared that U.N. members, acting as a collection of self-interested nations, should unite to confront global dangers.

Also on Monday, Trump called up an altered version of his campaign slogan when he promised to "make the United Nations great" - not "again".

But Trump also had his critics, including Sen.

The wide-ranging speech, clocking in at more than 40 minutes, took on other adversaries besides North Korea.

"He missed an opportunity to present any positive actions the United Nations could take with respect to North Korea, and he launched a diatribe against Iran, again offering no pathway forward", Feinstein said.

"He aims to unify the world through tactics of intimidation, but in reality he only further isolates the United States", she said.

U.S. will 'totally destroy North Korea' if pushed, Trump says