Trump urges budget reform in tame United Nations debut


Trump urges budget reform in tame United Nations debut

Many U.S. allies are carefully watching President Trump's debut speech at the United Nations today - and so are America's adversaries.

He then said the righteous many must confront the evil few, before turning to talk about North Korea, saying that Pyongyang was a "depraved regime".

Addressing several hundred air force personnel after reviewing some of America s most high-tech fighters jets and bombers, Trump warned that Pyongyang had "once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community".

The reference to the gas lines was made, evidently, as an allusion to the sanctions imposed last week by the global body on North Korea after Pyongyang's recent missile tests, Efe news reported.

North Korea's nuclear threat is likely to loom large on the agenda.

Reiterating solidarity with its Asian partners on Friday, France called North Korea's move to build a nuclear and ballistic program a "violation of its worldwide obligations", which put at risk the security of the region and the global community, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Kingdom of Bahrain was one of the first countries to welcome and sign the political declaration called for by the American President to support the Secretary-General's plan to reform the United Nations.

"As Kim Jong Un's most recent missile launch demonstrates, North Korea remains one of the world's most urgent and risky security problems", McMaster said, in reference to the North's defiant leader.

Not invited Manning
Not invited Manning

"I applaud the secretary-general for laying out a vision to reform the United Nations so that it better serves the people we all represent", Trump said.

Trump, who took office in January, will emphasize the need for states to promote peace and prosperity, while upholding sovereignty and accountability as indispensable foundations of the worldwide order, he said.

In his first state-of-the-world report since taking the reins of the United Nations on January 1, Guterres put "nuclear peril" as the leading threat, warning that "we must not sleepwalk our way into war".

"I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project", Mr Trump said.

"North Korea should realize that dialogue and cooperation, not nukes and missiles, are the only means to protect its security and guarantee a bright future", the president said.

The leaders spoke by phone Monday while Trump is in NY for this week's U.N. General Assembly session.

President Donald Trump is plunging into a foreign policy-focused week that will be anchored by his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.