Donald Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Officials: Trump has military options for North Korea

Maduro, who did not attend the U.N. General Assembly gathering, reacted angrily from Caracas, calling the speech an "aggression from the new Hitler of global politics, Mr. Donald Trump, against the people of Venezuela".

"I am against such threats", Merkel said in an interview with the radio station Deutsche Welle. These sentiments have been echoed, although in more nuanced terms by the generals around the president, who have repeatedly said that they have military options for dealing with North Korea, even if they would have "horrific" consequences.

"He's going to have to give up his nuclear weapons, because the president has said that he is not going to tolerate this regime threatening the United States and our citizens with a nuclear weapon", national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC's "This Week".

"The US will forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies", the Republican president said.

President Donald Trump will address the United Nations where he is expected to call on the global organization's General Assembly (UNGA) to reform itself.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime", he added.

If Pyongyang continues down this path, Trump said, "we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

"His trashing of the Iran nuclear deal will raise warning signs for North Korea", said Pak of Brookings.

Trump also said the Iranian government is an "economically depleted rogue state" whose chief export is violence. That may offer some reassurance to China and Russian Federation, which have urged the U.S.to tone down its rhetoric and restart dialogue with North Korea.

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But the speech might as well have been titled "sovereignty, sovereignty and sovereignty".

At the U.N., Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza also condemned Trump's remarks but he ignored questions at a news conference about the criticism Venezuela faced from other leaders at the U.N. gathering.

Trump called the U.N. -backed Iran nuclear deal "an embarrassment" to the United States and suggested it was "one of the worst" worldwide pacts ever struck.

Trump then turned his attention to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Trump said America stands for "principled realism rooted in shared goals [and] values". And he hinted that his administration, which has accused Tehran of aiding terrorism in the Middle East, could soon declare Iran out of compliance with the deal, which could unravel it.

The administration must decide in mid-October whether it will certify that Iran is still in compliance with the agreement.

The speech drew varying reactions from leaders.

Outside of an oblique reference to a threat to Ukraine's sovereignty, Trump made no mention of Russian Federation or its president Vladimir Putin. He pledged the United States would be "partners in your work" to make the organization a more effective force for world peace.

"The problem is, where is the red line to trigger a military option?" he said, adding that while conflict was still very unlikely, the North's continued provocations were making it harder for the USA to agree to dialogue.

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