On Tuesday, President Trump gave his first United Nations speech, and it isn’t one that will soon be forgotten. Laced with threats to North Korea and concerns about the Iran deal, the speech seemed to aim at holding other nations accountable for the safety of the world in the face of the threat that is North Korea.
Threat of North Korea
In case world leaders were unaware of the depravity of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jung-un, Trump spelled out a few of the issues going on under the current regime, saying that it is “responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans and for the imprisonment, torture, killing and oppression of countless more.”
President Trump reminded UN leaders that North Korea isn’t just a threat to the United States, but to the entire world, calling on them to do what is best and right for their citizens.
The Iran Deal
President Trump didn’t hold back when it came to Iran, either, calling the Iran deal “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions.” His comments made it unclear what action he will take when compliance with the deal comes up for recertification in mid-October of this year.
US Prepared for North Korea
President Trump not only seemed to call on world leaders to address the nuclear threat of North Korea, but made the position of the United States abundantly clear, stating that the “US 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 went on to say that “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
After the speech, many Americans claimed that President Trump was too harsh and threatening, fearing that the North Korean leader would be provoked and speaking of the millions of people who might die unnecessarily in North Korea, should the United States take action against them.
What they fail to understand is that the people in North Korea are already being tortured, killed and oppressed by the regime. President Trump’s comments were not a threat to do additional harm to the general population of North Korea, but his threats suggested the regime is running out of time before massive military action is the only option. Trump made it perfectly clear he will do whatever it takes to protect the US and its allies. It’s worth noting that President Trump indicated in his speech that the US will not force their ideology on any nation, but will instead try to lead by example.