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Donald Trump at UNGA highlights: US president lashes out at Iran, North Korea; says he will 'totally destroy' Pyongyang

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Donald Trump at UNGA highlights: US president lashes out at Iran, North Korea; says he will 'totally destroy' Pyongyang
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    'US ready to destroy North Korea'

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Donald Trump told world elders at the United Nations General Assembly that the US military will be 'strongest it's ever been' while stating that certain 'rogue nations' pose a threat to the world.

 Donald Trump at UNGA highlights: US president lashes out at Iran, North Korea; says he will totally destroy Pyongyang

File image of Donald Trump. AP

Trump, who took the podium at the General Assembly for the first time after winning the US presidential election in 2016, also said that UN 'sovereign nations' must be basis of world order.

Trump spoke at the UNGA meeting just after Brazil's Michel Temer, presenting his message to the world while also pushing for his nationalist "America First" agenda.

At a first UN appearance on Monday, Trump had vowed to push for reform at the world body that he once disparaged as a "club" where "people get together, talk and have a good time."

On Tuesday, while addressing world leaders at the UNGA, the US leader outlined his foreign policy priorities, from confronting North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests to deciding the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.

Before Trump's address, a top White House aide had said that Trump wpid take aim at "rogue regimes that threaten world stability and peace," singling out Pyongyang and Tehran during his 30-minute remarks and urging responsible nations to step in to curb their behavior.

"Trump will argue nation states should be free to pursue their interests unfettered — a contentious message for delegates to the world's foremost multilateral forum," AFP had siad.

Among other world leaders who will be making their first address at the UNGA meet include French president Emmanuel Macron, seen as the face of a more confident post-Brexit Europe, will also be making his first address to the 193-nation assembly.

His speech will likely offer a sharp contrast to Trump's worldview.

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Updated Date: Sep 19, 2017 21:09:21 IST