U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his threats against North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a "rocket man".
The president repeated a taunt he threw at North Korea president Kim Jong Un over the weekend, calling him "rocket man".
"Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime", the USA president told the UN General Assembly hall.
Douglas Paal, vice president for studies for the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, read the speech as a "peculiarly Trump-like manner of saying that the US has enormous retaliatory capability".
He criticized the Cuban government and said the leadership in Havana is a "corruption and destabilizing regime".
He said U.S. support for Israel and dictatorial regimes in the region and the creation and backing of terrorist groups would only result in greater isolation and irrelevance of the USA government in the world. The three that he singled out most aggressively were North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.
"My favorite came at the end and it may have been the most shocking thing he said in the context of the United Nations, talking about Venezuela".
And he scolded nations that he said have enabled and traded with North Korea, seeming to slight China, though he did not mention it by name.
"I myself am a migrant, as are many of you".
"It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos", he charged.
"I will always put American first". "But in fulfilling our obligations to other nations we also realise it's in everyone's interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure".
"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. He called it an embarrassment to the United States.
"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building unsafe missiles and we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program", Trump told the assembly. This is a time for statesmanship.
The US has 28,500 troops stationed in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War which ended in a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.
"Of course we want to be tough on North Korea, but nobody has ever thought that this is how you do it", said Brown.
President Trump told reporters Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly in NY that he has "decided" on what he will do about the Iran nuclear deal, although he isn't saying yet what that decision is.