Trump Presidency

Trump’s U.N. Speech: How Will North Korea Respond?


In his U.N. speech yesterday, President Trump had some choice words for Kim Jong Un and other rogue regimes.

It was Trump’s first speech before the U.N., and he took no hesitation at calling out North Korea, Syria, and Iran.

Over the summer, North Korea threatened the world with their nuclear missile test launches.  From their actions, Trump chose to call Kim Jong Un out in particular.  He said, “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

Last Friday, North Korea conducted its most successful launch.  A rocket was sent flying over Japan, a United States ally, into the Pacific Ocean.  North Korea has also hinted at major advancements in their technology.

From Trump’s speech:

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 referenced singular victims of North Korea’s regime.  Among them, North Korean prisoner Otto Warmbier, who was released back to the United States.  He died in a hospital a few days later.

Although the speech was excellent, the main focus will be on his threat to totally destroy North Korea.  Now, Kim Jong Un’s regime finally has a soundbite that feeds into its propaganda.  Most likely, North Korea will fire more missiles in defiance of Trump’s speech.

From Marcus Noland, an author of North Korea: Witness to Transformation:

President Trump has handed the North Koreans the sound bite of the century.  That footage will be used time and time and time again on North Korea’s state television channel.

Watch the full speech below:



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