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Trump threatens to 'destroy North Korea' if necessary

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 19/09/2017
Trump addressed the UNGA for the first time since taking office [Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images] © Provided by Al Jazeera Trump addressed the UNGA for the first time since taking office [Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images]

US President Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" if his country is forced to defend itself or its allies, but expressed hope that the move will not be necessary.

Addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time since taking office, Trump said on Tuesday that North Korea's nuclear programme and leader Kim Jong-un's threats of missile strikes was "a suicide mission".

"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," he said.

"'Rocket Man' is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary," Trump added, referring to the North Korean leader with a nickname he gave last week on Twitter.

Trump also said it was "an outrage" that some nations would trade with Pyongyang as well as arm the North Korean government and provide financial support.

"No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles," he said.

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