South Korea warned North Korea it must ‘give up its nuclear weapons’
In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Mr Tump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and described him as a “rocket man” for his repeated ballistic missile tests.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Mr Trump told the 193-member world body.
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.” he said.
Mr Trump also singled out and criticised other nations in his first major speech for the UN.
He spoke out against Iran, describing the country as an “economically depleted rogue state”.
Mr Trump described Kim Jong-un as a ‘rocket man’
We view the speech as portraying a firm and specific stance on the key issues regarding keeping peace and safety that the international community and the United Nations are faced with
The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said: “We view the speech as portraying a firm and specific stance on the key issues regarding keeping peace and safety that the international community and the United Nations are faced with,”
“It clearly showed how seriously the United States government views North Korea’s nuclear programme as the president spent an unusual amount of time discussing the issue,” the presidential Blue House’s statement said.
Mr Trump spoke of a “depraved regime” and a “band of criminals”.
South Korea applauded Mr Trump’s speech, saying it “reaffirmed that North Korea should be made to realise denuclearisation is the only way to the future through utmost sanctions and pressure”
Mr Moon has come to realise, since he came to power in May, that since Pyongyang’s sixth and largest nuclear test earlier on September 3, now is not the right time for a dialogue.
He and Mr Trump plan on meeting in New York early on Wednesday, Mr Moon’s office said.
It was Mr Trump’s mention of the 1977 kidnapping of teenager Megami Yokata by North Korean agents that made headlines in Japan.
“We know [North Korea] kidnapped a sweet, 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies,” Mr Trump said.
The US ally, which Pyongyang often threatens to destroy, has taken a consistently hard line on North Korea,…