Trump Maintains Hostile-Yet-Vague Rhetoric while Addressing the U.N. General Assembly
On August 19, 2017, President Donald Trump gave his first speech to the UN General Assembly. In his speech, he stated that if the Pyongyang regime does not give up its nuclear program, the United States will have no choice but to “destroy North Korea. We have patience, but we have another option.”
Trump called the regime of Kim Jong-Un “depraved and responsible for the death, oppression, torture, and imprisonment of many citizens of the country.” He said North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is irresponsible and threatens the entire world with an “unthinkable loss of human life.” He said the North Korean leader is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.
“We are willing and prepared to take military action, but we hope this is not necessary,” said Trump, closely watched by the North Korean representative, who followed the speech in the front row, because of the draw of seats organized by the organization. discussions. Trump also called on the United Nations to pressure countries that finance North Korea to stop funding that is fueling the country’s nuclear program.
“If the many righteous do not confront the evil few, then evil will triumph,” Trump said. He thanked China and Russia for voting in favor of sanctions against North Korea on the UN Security Council. The country was twice sanctioned in August and last week by the council, unanimously, because of the continuity of its nuclear tests and the launching of medium-range missiles to threaten Japan.
Since the Republican magnate came to power eight months ago, tensions between the United States and North Korea have increased and Kim Jong Un and Trump have shifted threats in an increasingly aggressive tone.
Last month, the US leader threatened to unleash a “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if North Korea did not stop threatening the country, which, far from intimidating, seems to have served as fuel for Kim Jong Un: At least four missile tests were carried out, one of them with a hydrogen bomb in early September, considered the most powerful test so far by the North Korean regime.