President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the United Nations general assembly, threatened the total destruction of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons.
He said Pyongyang's increased testing of intercontinental missiles and nuclear payloads, "threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life".
"The president should be talking more about imposing even tougher sanctions on North Korea, having the Chinese agree that they are going to cut off all oil into the North Korean economy".
In a hard-edged speech to the UN General Assembly, Trump offered a grim portrait of a world in peril, adopted a more confrontational approach to solving global challenges from Iran to Venezuela, and gave an unabashed defense of USA sovereignty.
South Korean officials have reacted to the tests by outlining an "aggressive response", if Pyongyang is preparing a "missile or nuclear" attack on Seoul.
In ongoing wars, the current administration has already shown lesser consideration for human life overseas.
Trump spoke frequently about "sovereignty" in his remarks, so frequently that it might be argued that it was the central theme of his speech. While this has not stopped him in the past, he framed his harsh attacks on Iran in a way that suggested that the Iran-hawks on his team seemed to be getting the better of those with more respect for the worldwide processes, sensibilities and interests that led to the Iran nuclear deal in the first place.
Earlier this year Trump's former chief adviser Steve Bannon told The American Prospect: "There's no military solution, forget it".
Trump also used language so harsh about the Iran nuclear deal that it seems highly unlikely that he will be able to avoid pulling out of it without appearing to be a complete hypocrite. As a diplomatic maiden voyage, Trump's first speech to the United Nations was not just a flop; his words could carry with them a globally destabilizing effect.
In May, at a counterterror summit in Saudi Arabia, Trump urged leaders of Muslim majority nations to "drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists".
"The amount of support for terrorism by Saudi Arabia dwarfs what Qatar is doing", said Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) in July, reacting to the crisis.
"This situation is completely unacceptable, and we can not stand by and watch", Trump claimed.
The issue "also concerns us", she said.
Trump then turned his attention to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. "The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented", he said. "Just like you, the leaders of your countries, should and always put your countries first", said Mr Trump, who assured the United Nations that the U.S. would not abdicate its leadership position in the world but needed other countries to contribute more.
North Korea drew most of Trump's attention and anger. Two of the coup's leaders - Army Commander in Chief Efrain Vasquez and General Ramirez Poveda - had received training at the USA military's infamous School of the Americas in Ft.