'Tensions to rise' after Trump's North Korea comments


'Tensions to rise' after Trump's North Korea comments

In his address to the UN on Tuesday, Trump strongly hinted that his administration was ready to abandon the agreement by calling it an "embarrassment" to the United States. It must have been decades since one last heard a speech like that in the U.N. General Assembly.

The United States and Iran are planning for their highest-level interaction of Donald Trump's presidency. And I think at a certain point people will begin to wonder whether he likes saber-rattling more than wielding the saber. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pressed his case that if the deal gets cancelled, other countries will give up on diplomacy with the U.S.

"And we are going to continue to do that". There is no scenario that includes the "total destruction" of North Korea that does not include a massive strike by North Korea on South Korea or Japan.

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has criticized Trump over his rhetoric in the past, called the speech "strong and needed".

CHANG: That ICBM or intercontinental ballistic missile that you say is a red line, you think that is a new or at least more explicit red line than previous administrations have laid down?

Appearing before the 193-member body that emerged from the ashes of World War II, Trump boasted of America's military strength, signaled he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the "murderous regime" in Tehran, and berated United States foes from Pyongyang to Caracas.

Trump's argument against humanitarian intervention and "nation-building" is an approach favoured by Russia, China and much of the Non-Aligned Movement.

"The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it".

"Our government's first duty is to its people, to our citizens - to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values", he said.

The French president said he understood United States concerns but thought the way to address them was to open up a negotiation created to extend limits on its nuclear program beyond 2025.

Trump, in his speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday, called the agreement with Iran an embarrassment and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the US has ever entered into". Bill Clinton similarly rallied the United States to the use of force in the Balkans.

"I'll let you know what the decision is", said Trump. That's why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed so enthusiastic about the speech.

Shortly after taking office in January, Trump moved to put a 120-day halt on the USA refugee program, bar Syrian refugees indefinitely and impose a 90-day suspension on people from six predominantly Muslim countries. "But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people".