Trump promises to 'totally destroy' North Korea if necessary

Trump also referenced dead USA student Otto Warmbier, who died after being detained by Kim's police, the murder of Kim Jong-nam, and the state-sponsored abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang.

Trump has been a longtime critic of the 193-nation body, down to the green marble tile that lines its NY headquarters. "Just like you, the leaders of your countries, should and always put your countries first", said Mr Trump, who assured the United Nations that the U.S. would not abdicate its leadership position in the world but needed other countries to contribute more.

"It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world up to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair".

"The president calls the North Koreans a "depraved regime" saying they are responsible for the starvation deaths of millions, and for imprisonment torture and oppression of countless more" citing the death of American student Otto Warmbier.

"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", he said to scattered applause.

In his first appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders, the president used a 41-minute speech to take aim also at Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional influence, Venezuela's collapsing democracy and the threat of Islamist extremists.

Global markets appeared unaffected by Trump's comments in NY on Tuesday, with Wall Street once again rising to record highs as he reiterated his promise to put "America first". "The situation is completely unacceptable, and we can not stand by and watch", he declared.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster were also in attendance at the meeting. "The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented", Trump said in perhaps the most memorable line of the speech, "but that socialism has been faithfully implemented".

"It is a shared menace", the official said.

But Trump's use of the phrase Tuesday was a signal to his base that the President is still behind his hardline views on terrorism - particularly after a week during which he's wavered on other campaign promises that animated his base, like protections for certain undocumented immigrants.

After the speech, Trump told reporters: "I think it went really well. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime". And Trump called on the rest of the world to shut off trade and relations with North Korea.

Trump implored the United Nations members to "confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil and terror" - such as North Korea, Iran and Syria.

"You could feel a wind had gone into the room when he said that". And he and President Trump met for a conversation that seemed to focus on Iran but more so Mideast peace.

The country's nuclear program "threatens the entire world".

Trump also had criticism for Russian Federation and China, saying "We must reject threats to sovereignty from the Ukraine to the South China Sea".

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

Recall that Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani said a few days back that the US will pay a "high cost" if the nuclear deal is scrapped.

Embedded in Trump's speech was a deeper layer to the nationalist stance he firmly relayed.

Mr. Trump suggested more refugees should remain in their countries of origin to increase pressure on oppressive regimes to change their ways.

At one point, Trump said that "major portions of the world are in conflict" and that "some, in fact, are going to hell".

Mr. Trump shifts to addressing poverty and providing a world "free from violence, hated and fear" for children the world over. He warned the United States was considering what further actions it can take.

  • Rogelio Becker