Trump Singles out ‘rougue nations’ in his First UNGA Speech

Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, and accused Iran for masking a corrupt dictatorship under “the false guise of a democracy.”

In his first major address to the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump came down heavily upon despotic and undemocratic regimes across the world including North Korea, Syria and Iran.

The president called the North Koreans a “depraved regime” and said that they are responsible for the starvation deaths of millions, and for imprisonment torture and oppression of countless more” citing the death of American student Otto Warmbier.

Mr. Trump said their “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles” threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. He chastised nations would trade or financially support “a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.”

In a warning to North Korean leaders, whom Mr. Trump called a “band of criminals,” he said the U.S. has”great patience” but they will have no choice but to “totally destroy” North Korea if the regime continues its provocations.

The president referred to dictator Kim Jong Un by a new nickname — “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.” 


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Donald Trump describes North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un as “rocketman” in first UN speech

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 19, 2017</blockquote

Given that Trump’s “America First” view of foreign policy takes a pretty dim view of international organizations, and given the president’s well-known penchant for saying whatever he thinks at the time, there was speculation that this address would go off the rails. Trump delivered an “America First” message to the international body, saying, “I will always put America first — just like you — as the leaders of your countries will always — and should — always put your countries first.”


Trump then turned his attention to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. He defended U.S. strikes on an air force base in Syria this year after a chemical attack by government forces on a rebel-held area in the country’s northwest.

“The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad — including the use of chemical weapons against his own people, even innocent children — shock the conscience of every decent person. No society can be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread,” Trump said.

In harsh tones to the United Nations, Trump said that the Iran nuclear deal provides a “cover for the potential construction of a nuclear program” in the region.

The President said, “We cannot let a murderer’s regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program.”

Foreign policy analysts intrepreted the speech as a signal from the president that he is seriously considering either pulling out of or renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal.

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As President of the United States of America, I will ALWAYS put #AmericaFirst??#UNGA
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2017</blockquote

(Compiled by Prerna Chatterjee with inputs from, cbsnews, abcnews )