Trump issues warning to North Korea and other 'rouge' nations

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

Trump warned that America would destroy North Korea if it was forced to defend itself or its allies.

The President's nationalist agenda has led to widespread anxiety among the U.S. allies and partners who have gathered in NY this week among the more than 150 foreign delegations at the 72nd UN General Assembly.

He further added, "No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles".

But it's still an open question of what exactly the administration's North Korea policy is - a rhetorically forceful version of the usual hope that we can get China to pressure North Korea and eventually sit down to negotiate again with Pyongyang, or something different?

He mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, labelling him "rocket man" for his continued missile launches and nuclear tests in breach of United Nations orders.

In Trump's landmark first speech at the United Nations in NY, the President laid out a vision for the organisation based on attempting to boost the strength of the individual member states. "If the righteous many don't confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph", he added.

Trump also took the time to promote one of his NY real estate properties before giving remarks at a meeting about United Nations reform.

Similar to his inaugural address, when he spoke of "American carnage", Trump painted a dark picture of a world plagued by violence and strife. "The United States will always be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies, but we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal in which the United States gets nothing in return".

The president "has had a deeply developed world view for decades in terms of reshaping [and] establishing fairness in America's relationships with other countries", the White House official said. He emphasized the importance of sovereign nation-states and said we should accept their different cultures and interests.

He said the United States carries an "unfair burden" with the resources it provides to the global organisation.

Mr Trump's use of stark language during his speech was a departure from the softer tone he took during his first day at the UN.

"We are all shocked by the dramatic escalation of sectarian tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine state", said Guterres.

"The bar for success, as usual, is very low", said Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution.

In a clear nod to his conservative base, Trump pledged to "crush the loser terrorists" and "stop radical Islamic terrorism". He thanks Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for hosting refugees.

Mr Trump denounced the Iran nuclear deal as an "embarrassment", in the latest sign that he plans to tear up or renegotiate the landmark accord.

"I don't think you've heard the end of it", Trump said. "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.

Both Macron and Netanyahu are expected to raise the future of the Iran nuclear agreement, with the French leader making a strong case for keeping it alive and the Israeli prime minister pushing for its demise.

Recently, the world's nuclear inspectors declared that inspections found no evidence that Iran is breaching the nuclear agreement.

Numerous assembly's members, including USA allies and Iran deal signatories France and Britain, favour retaining the accord - under which Iran surrendered much of its enriched nuclear fuel and exposed its nuclear sites to global monitors.

Mr Trump called the collapsing situation in Venezuela "completely unacceptable" and said the United States can not stand by and watch. He reminded the world of Otto Warmbier, an American who was imprisoned and returned to the United States earlier this year in a vegetative state, days before he died.

Trump said another pillar of his new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia was a change in America's approach to Pakistan, considered a long-time ally of Washington.

"The powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations can solve many of these vicious and complex problems", Trump said.

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