Donald Trump is no stranger to high-stakes meetings… but his first address to the United Nations on Tuesday could be one his most important assemblies ever.
Unsurprisingly, the president spent a lot of time focused on one key topic: North Korea. Trump made it clear to the world’s gathered ambassadors that the rogue Asian nation faced a choice, but that there was only one tolerable outcome.
“No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea,” the president stated in no unclear terms.
“It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans. And for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more,” he continued, according to a transcript from Vox News.
Trump seemed to scold several unnamed countries who continue to prop up the North Korean regime.
“If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” he reminded the assembly.
“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.”
Then the president’s tone became even more serious. America’s commander in chief doubled down on his tough warnings to Kim Jong Un, and painted a picture of gloom if the communist regime continued to test nuclear 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,” Trump warned.
His next words were crystal clear. “It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future.”
The president did acknowledge the role of diplomatic and economic sanctions in opposing the Korean regime, but pointed out that this has not solved the problem.
“The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions,” he stated.
“Thank you to all involved. But we must do much more. It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.”
President Trump is right: There is no acceptable path where North Korea continues to threaten its neighbors and the entire world with nuclear weapons.
If Kim and his people want to have a future in the modern world, they need to set aside their nuclear program — or the United States and its allies may have no choice but to take military action. The world’s patience is running out.
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