U.S. President Donald J. Trump addressed the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations last Tuesday and was not reluctant to point out the international organization's shortcomings.
While his message initially centered on the "extraordinary [opportunities]" that we come across in the 21st century through "breakthroughs in science, technology and medicine, […] solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve," he went on to focus on the numerous problems the world faces as well.
"Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet."
He also went on to speak against specific members of the UN, accusing them of conducting backwards activities.
"Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity."
"To put it simply, we meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril."
The president also spoke about the "depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more."
With missiles flying over Japan and the detonation of a suspected hydrogen bomb, putting North Korea years ahead of the point the world thought they were at technologically, President Trump strongly warned that if the United States is ever forced to defend itself or its allies, "It will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."
Referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the president said, "Rocket Man is on a suicide m
ission for himself and for his regime." "A rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire" said Kim Jong-Un of President Trump in a rare public response before also calling him "deranged" and a "dog."
While the president and members of his administration have said that they are still willing to find a diplomatic solution to the Korean problem, the regime in Pyongyang has done nothing but escalate the situation ever since late 2016.
North Korea started to threaten even China and the Japanese, who were largely uninvolved and pacifist until missiles literally started going over their heads.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi again urged North Korea to de-escalate the situation.
"No matter the changes in circumstance, no matter how long it takes, no matter the difficulties we face, China will always persist in the goal of denuclearizing the peninsula, in moving towards talks," Wang said.
President Trump is receiving heat, as per usual, by the mainstream media as well as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, essentially calling him warmongering and imperialistic despite the fact that during the election she had said that then-candidate Trump seemed to be "too soft" on North Korea.
Despite criticism, defending other nations, such as South Korea and Japan, which are fundamentally incapable of defending themselves on the nuclear level, is not warmongering or imperialistic by definition.
If Pyongyang does decide to strike first, the lives of tens of millions of East Asians are on the line, including North Korean civilians and soldiers, who would probably only be used to conduct a Zerg rush on the Korean de-militarized zone. The North Korean army's artillery, though outdated, can cause massive numbers of casualties in South Korea as well.
While memories of the Iraq War, which was fought on false pretenses, are still fresh, it is also important to remember that Saddam Hussein never threatened to turn his neighboring countries into "lakes of fire" with nuclear weapons. When he made threats he made hollow threats, as opposed to Kim Jong-Un who not only has inter-continental ballistic missiles but also nuclear weapons of various sizes at his disposal.
"It is time for North Korea to realize that denuclearization is its only acceptable future," President Trump said, adding, "It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior."