If threatened, US will totally destroy North Korea: Donald Trump at UN

“We want friendship and harmony, not conflict,” says US President Donald Trump in his first speech at United Nations.

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If threatened, US will totally destroy North Korea: Donald Trump at UN


In his first ever speech at the Unite Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump came down heavily on North Korea.

In his first appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders, the president used a 41-minute speech to take aim also at Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional influence, Venezuela's collapsing democracy and the threat of Islamist extremists. He also criticised the Cuban government.

“It is time to for the world to get rid of the Kim (Jong un) regime, if the US is threatened, will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” President Trump said in his maiden UN address in New York.

President Trump began his speech speech saying the world faces destructive threats from rogue states and "terrorists and extremists."

"Rogue regimes not only support terrorists but threaten other nations with the most destructive weapon known to humanity," President Trump said, referring to nuclear weapons.

Reading carefully from a script in the green-marbled UN General Assembly hall, President Trump promised the United States military would soon be the strongest it has ever been.

President Trump, who came to power promoting an America First agenda, told world leaders that the United States does not seek to impose its will on other nations and will respect other countries' sovereignty.

"I will defend America's interests above all else," he said. "But in fulfilling our obligations to other nations we also realize it's in everyone's interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure."

Turning to Iran, President Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, was an embarrassment and hinted that he may not recertify the agreement when it comes up for a mid-October deadline.

"I don't think you've heard the last of it," he said. He called Iran an "economically depleted rogue state" that exports violence.

Hitting out at the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, he said situation in Venezuela is 'completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch.' He denounced socialism as an ideology, saying it had only brought "anguish and devastation and failure".

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