North Korea’s ambassador made a hasty exit from the United Nations building moments before Donald Trump rose to the podium for his maiden speech.
US President Donald Trump’s threats to “totally destroy” North Korea is counterproductive and justify Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs that it insists are for self-defense, according to analysts.
Trump also threatened to “totally destroy North Korea”, saying that “Rocket man” Kim Jong Un is “on a suicide mission”.
BENNETT: He saved his toughest talk for North Korea.
Trump’s broadsides Tuesday against “rogue regimes”, North Korea chief among them, drew murmurs from the assembled world leaders and served as a searing salute to his nationalism during diplomatic prime time. The president’s talk of a massive USA military response to the Kim regime only continues to destabilize a volatile situation.
World leaders shocked after this direct threat. That was not unexpected. “One of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into”.
BENNETT: Trump framed America First as an optimistic vision of worldwide cooperation.
“No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles”, the president said. But we must do much more.
“You’ve got a very paranoid leader who is determined to show his strength, who is determined to threaten his neighbors and threaten the United States, and I think the president has to speak up”.
That is particularly true with regard to the ongoing global refugee crisis.
On Tuesday, Trump is also expected to go hard against Iran during a speech that the official said would espouse the importance of state sovereignty. He ignored that the nuclear agreement wasn’t just signed by the United States, but includes five other countries (the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, and Germany) and took over two years of negotiations to conclude. Bluster from the president has consequences.
“We can not let a murderer’s regime continue these destabilizing activities while building risky missiles, and we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program”, Mr. Trump said.
Under US law the president has to recertify to Congress every 90 days that Iran is complying with the deal, and that it serves America’s national security interests.
The US, he said, was prepared to combat global instability through military might.
“We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all”, he concluded his speech. That is why some foreign policy analysts like the Washington Post’s David Ignatius interpreted Trump’s bluster as a “restatement of the existing US policy of nuclear deterrence”. That is his right.
TRUMP: The United States will forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies.
“What is strategically important is that America witnesses more painful responses in the actions, behaviour and decisions that Iran takes in the coming months”.
While promising that the U.S.