President Trump addresses UN General Assembly


President Donald Trump has addressed the UN General Assembly for the first time today.

Speaking about North Korea’s nuclear threat, he threatened to “totally destroy” the country if the situation arises in which they are forced to defend themselves and their allies. Trump stated that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is on a suicide mission and warned that the nuclear weapons program will lead to the loss of many innocent lives worldwide.

Addressing the room full of world leaders, Trump admitted that whilst the nation will remain loyal to its allies, the US will always be his primary responsibility:

“All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens. Our government’s first duty is to its people. As president, I will always put America first, just like you as the leaders of your countries will always — and should always — put your countries first.”

Following his comments about North Korea, Trump labelled Iran a “murderous regime” and spoke of his embarrassment regarding the nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama with the nation. The deal, which aims to stop the Iranians developing nuclear weapons, was labelled by the President as one of the worst one-sided deals the United States has ever entered into.

President Trump also said that whilst many terrorist organisations around the world are gaining strength and power, peace is possible. He promised the US military will be the strongest they have ever been and spoke of his plan to combat terrorism and instability worldwide through this.

Concluding his speech at his first ever UN Assembly, Trump said: ” Now, we are calling for a great reawakening of nations. For the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people and their patriotism. History is asking us if we are up to the task. Our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve and a rebirth of devotion. We need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself.”


Russia Brings Peace Proposal to UN.

Credit to Freedom House (Flickr)

Credit to Freedom House (Flickr)

Russia has submitted a document to the United Nations proposing a complete revamp of the constitution, in an attempt to end the four year civil war, which has claimed the lives of over 250,000 Syrians and displaced many more.

The document claims that this process will last around 18 months, followed by presidential elections. It did not state whether President Bashar al-Asaad would remain in power during the transitional period. The document also stated that a number of Syrian opposition groups should be a part of the peace talks in Vienna this coming Saturday, which Russia believes should focus on differentiating which groups should be considered terrorists, and which should be considered partners in the peace process.

However, Russia’s proposal does not rule out Asaad standing for election, which rebel groups’ claim will make a peace treaty impossible.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government continues to wage its assault on rebel held areas surrounding Aleppo, but has yet to penetrate the city itself.

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