Bellicose Trump threatens to 'destroy' N. Korea in United Nations address

Experts agree that US president Donald Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York

He pointed out that Trump threatened the "total destruction'" of North Korea if it does not abandon its nuclear weapons program.

And a phone call with China's president: "We discussed trade and a place called North Korea", said the president.

In dark language reminiscent of his "American carnage" inaugural address, Trump touched upon hot spots around the globe, declaring, "The scourge of our planet is a group of rogue regimes". Trump's comments, especially about "Rocket Man", drew murmurs among the normally quiet United Nations delegates.

"No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles", Trump said. He denounced "radical Islamic terrorism", the inflammatory label he has recently shied away from. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who called the president's remarks Tuesday - about North Korea and about other global threats and challenges - "severe disappointments".

Shortly before Trump's speech, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed from the General Assembly lectern for statesmanship to avoid war with North Korea.

A junior North Korean diplomat remained in the delegation's front-row seat for Trump's speech, the North Korean U.N. mission said.

Trump blamed the regime for the deaths of millions of North Koreans as well as the imprisonment, torture, killing and oppression of "countless more".

Urging nations to solve problems together: North Korea, Iran, Mideast peace.

What is it: Trump will deliver his first address to the full United Nations General Assembly. He has pulled the United States out of multinational agreements, considered shrinking the USA military footprint in the world and deployed bombastic language on North Korea that has been criticized by other world leaders.

Trump frequently belittled the U.N.as a candidate and some within his White House believe the U.N acts as a global bureaucracy that infringes on the sovereignty of individual countries.

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Things that are "beautiful" to Trump included: The Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II; the overall vision of the United Nations; and the first three words of the U.S. Constitution ("We The People").

"I will always put American first".

"As president of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you as the leaders of your countries will always and should always put your countries first", Trump said, to polite applause.

"Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it", Trump told the UN General Assembly.

The Trump administration has imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela in response to what USA officials describe as that country's slide toward dictatorship. While the U.S.is willing and able to take military action, Trump added that "hopefully this will not be necessary".

The administration must decide in mid-October whether it will certify that Iran is still in compliance with the agreement. "Major portions of the world are in conflict and some in fact are going to hell", Trump said.

Trump also criticised the crackdown on democracy in Venezuela - but had little to say about Russian Federation and did not mention climate change, a topic of major concern to the United Nations.

The speech provoked strong responses nearly immediately - drawing praise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu although against expectations Trump did not mention the Middle East Peace peace process, which he has promised to pursue. "In over 30 years in my experience with the UN", Netanyahu said on Twitter afterward, "I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech".

Who won't be there: Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be attending the General Assembly, nor will China's President Xi Jinping.

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