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Trump addresses UN: ‘Rocket Man is on a Suicide Mission’




U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media at the United Nations after his speech on September 19, 2017 in New York City.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media at the United Nations after his speech on September 19, 2017 in New York City.
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President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations in a speech Tuesday about the growing threats from several unstable regimes’ “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.”

In his first address to the UN’s General Assembly, he called for all 193 member states to focus on the collective goal of denuclearizing North Korea and Iran. If that goal is not met, Trump declares, the outcome could be disastrous. “We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” he said. “‘Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.” The U.S. is willing and able to carry out military action if needed, he said. But hopefully “it won’t come to that,” Trump added.

Host Larry Mantle sits down with Hardin Lang, a veteran U.N. officer, and David Adesnik, the director of research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on what the speech means for American foreign policy going forward.

Guests:

Hardin Lang, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; he worked at the U.N. for 12 years on U.S. National Security and multilateral affairs

David Adesnik, director of research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C.