US president Donald Trump's first speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday has managed to evoke sharp responses from world leaders. While some praised his boldness, others termed it as his ignorance.
In his 41-minute address, Trump lashed out at North Korea and also threatened to "totally destroy" the regime if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies.
Next, he moved on to singling out "rogue nation" Iran and called the Iranian nuclear deal “an embarrassment” that is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”
Venezuela, another target of Trump's wrath, was described as a "corrupt regime" under President Nicolás Maduro.
While the North Korean envoy Ja Song Nam walked out right before Trump's speech, the rest of the world heard Trump's message loud and clear. After the speech, world leaders wasted no time in reacting to the criticism directed by Trump.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel supported Trump's stance on Iran and applauded his boldness on Twitter.
In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) September 19, 2017
He added that Trump's speech spoke the truth about the dangers that the world was facing.
Contrary to these remarks, Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif said Trump's UNGA speech was medieval, ignorant and unworthy of a reply.
Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times-not the 21st Century UN -unworthy of a reply. Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 19, 2017
In his UNGA speech, French president Emmanuel Macron disagreed with Trump's analysis of the Iranian nuclear deal and said that it was "essential for peace." Defending the deal, he said it was a "solid,robust and verifiable" agreement.
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro expressed his displeasure with the speech and even called Trump "the new Hitler" of international politics, according to The Independent.
The reports quoted Maduro as saying, “The magnate thinks he is the owner of the world, but no one threatens Venezuela."
While Trump's speech has set on a new war of words between nations, the world awaits Kim Jong-un's response.
Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017 14:09:35 IST