At first, Trump did not directly name the North Korean leader, using his nickname for the “dear leader” instead.
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission,” Trump said.
He continued, “No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. 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. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
Trump called on all nations to isolate the Kim regime in light of its “reckless pursuit” of nuclear weapons and treatment of its citizens.
He also said it was “an outrage” that some nations continue to trade with North Korea. At other points, Trump referred to North Korea as “depraved” and “twisted.”
The North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam, was photographed at the General Assembly this morning, but he left before Trump entered the room. The seats assigned to North Korea, which are in the front row, were noticeably empty during Trump’s speech. The only individual in the area was an unidentified man who appeared to be taking notes.
Slamming the Syrian regime
Trump then turned his attention to Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
On Syria, Trump defended the U.S. attack on an air force base earlier this year in the wake of a chemical weapons attack.
“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.
The “very real crisis” in Venezuela
On Venezuela, Trump said the goal is for the country’s people to “regain their freedom, recover their country and restore their democracy.”
“We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists” on its authoritarian path, he said. “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” he said.
He continued, “Major portions of the world are in conflict, and some, in fact, are going to hell. But the powerful people in…