Trump's most direct military threat to attack North Korea, in his debut appearance at the General Assembly, was his latest expression of concern about Pyongyang's repeated launching of ballistic missiles over Japan and underground nuclear tests.
The move is created to tighten the economic screws on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in hopes of halting his development of nuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them. "I am against threats of this kind".
In 1994, the Clinton administration announced the Agreed Framework with North Korea, which provided for a nuclear-free peninsula in exchange for massive amounts of energy assistance from the United States.
Trump praised China's President Xi Jinping for a "very bold move" in acting to cut off financial ties with North Korea and said it was "somewhat unexpected".
Trump's initial words emphasized his cooperation with Moon and other allies in Asia.
"We appreciate it", Trump said Thursday. "We'll be meeting in a little while also with Prime Minister Abe of Japan and that will be a tri-meeting, so we will see. So I think what we're seeing is a combined effect of these inventories are now being exhausted, and the supply coming in has been reduced".
Bush's "Axis of Evil" speech, for example, was more bellicose, said Chertoff, pointing out that Trump didn't outright threaten to "destroy" North Korea, but that the United States will defend itself, and if that happens, North Korea would be destroyed. "The order targets only one country, and that country is North Korea", Trump said.
But later after arriving at his hotel outside United Nations headquarters, Ri said Trump's speech did not surprise members of the Kim Jong Un regime. Yet it is still South Korea, and its capital Seoul close to the heavily militarized frontier with the North, that faces the greatest immediate risk in a military conflict. If necessary, our government must explain the background of Trump's address and how to deal with it.
"As President of the United States, I will always put America first".
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that will give the Treasury Department the ability to crack down on individuals and entities that do business with North Korea.