by WorldTribune Staff, September 19, 2017
In his first address to the UN General Assembly, President Donald Trump on Sept. 19 said the U.S. will “forever be a great friend to the world” but that he will “defend America’s interests above all else.”
During his 40-minute address, Trump had tough words for North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-Un, and blasted the Iran nuclear deal.
“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,” Trump said. “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.”
The president, who referred to Iran as an “economically depleted rogue state” whose chief export is violence, said the world cannot allow the “murderous regime” to continue its destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles. He added world leaders “cannot abide” by the nuclear agreement if it “provides cover” for Iran to eventually build its nuclear program.
“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me. It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction,” Trump said.
On terrorism, Trump said that “it is time to expose and hold responsible” nations that provide funding and safe harbor to terror groups. He said all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and “the Islamic extremist that inspires them.”
“We will stop radical Islamic terrorism, because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world,” said the president.
On Sept. 18, in his first appearance at the United Nations, Trump made a call for sweeping reforms at the world body.
“In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement,” Trump said.
The U.S. is the UN’s largest contributor, paying at least 25 percent of the operating budget. The president encouraged other nations to consider joining in, reviewing the UN’s spending and efficiency.
“I think the main message is ‘Make the United Nations great,’ not again, ‘Make the United Nations great.’ Such tremendous potential and I think we’ll be able to do this,” Trump said.
Trump’s Sept. 19 UN address can be viewed here