(National Sentinel) Direct Diplomacy: President Donald J. Trump’s first address to the United Nations General Assembly isn’t likely to be soon forgotten, especially by nations he singled out for bad behavior.
In addressing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s ongoing efforts to develop nuclear weapons, Trump made it clear what a grave threat the U.S. considers the program to be to itself and its allies. And characteristically, the president couldn’t resist adding a touch of bombast.
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump told the gathered diplomats, referring to the nickname he gave Kim recently beginning with a tweet over the weekend.
Trump added that Pyongyang’s continued nuclear weapons development “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” the Washington Times reported.
“The United States has great strength and patience,” Trump said. “But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
“The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
Other experts and one former ranking UN official from the United States praised Trump’s speech for its direct approach and its plain-spoken truths.
“It’s safe to say, in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the unacceptable behavior of other member states,” former UN Ambassador John Bolton said, praising Trump’s speech.
He noted that Trump threatened North Korea with “total destruction” if Pyongyang fails to abandon its nuclear weapons program — which it is unlikely to do.
Bolton also noted that Trump specifically called out the Obama administration over its so-called ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran.
“[He] said, as he has said many times before, it is one of the worst, most one-sided deals in American history, an embarrassment to the country, and we haven’t heard the last of it,” Bolton said, as reported by Fox News.
“I think these are about as clear an indication as a president can make that he’s not going to live with the kind of half-measures and compromises that frankly for 25 years have marked American policy and led us to the present desperate situation where both these countries are on the verge of getting deliverable nuclear weapons,” he added.
“The world is more dangerous than any time in my lifetime,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said. “President Trump sent the message that all sovereign nations must come together in a united effort to counter North Korea’s reckless behavior and the growing threats from Iran’s continued support of terrorist groups and human rights abuses.”
Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, also praised the president, while at the same time taking his own swipe at the Obama administration.
“The president was strong in his condemnation of Iran as a corrupt dictatorship, economically depleted, a destabilizing force in the Middle East, and a chief exporter of violence and terror,” he said, as reported by the Times. “Today’s speech was a strong affirmation of American leadership on the world stage, something that has been missing during the last eight years.”
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