President Donald Trump takes a seat after delivering a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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U.S. President Donald Trump's threat before the world to obliterate North Korea left no doubt about his determination to stop the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup. His disparagement of the Iran nuclear deal in the same speech offered Pyongyang little hope of a negotiated solution. In his maiden address at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Trump spelled out in blunt and personal terms the reasons why Kim Jong Un and his government should be treated as pariahs. Trump said not only has the North Korean government starved its citizens and killed opponents, it was now threatening the world with "unthinkable loss of life". Despite Trump's rhetoric, his administration insists it is seeking a diplomatic resolution.Instead, Trump has escalated the name calling.Trump also made a direct comparison between the "reckless regimes" in Pyongyang and Tehran, which rolled back its nuclear program only two years ago. Speaking shortly before Trump at the U.N., the world body's secretary-general urged diplomacy.
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