Donald Trump on Tuesday called Iran a “corrupt dictatorship” and an “economically depleted rogue state” whose main export was violence, during his first speech to the UN General Assembly.
The US president called the international deal that ended Iran’s nuclear weapons programme an “embarassment” and said the US could not allow the “murderous regime” in Tehran to use it as cover to “construct a nuclear programme”.
“Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it,” he said.
“Believe me. It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.”
Trump said that the “people of Iran want change”.
In other comments, Trump said the US would “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend its allies.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
He called North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un “Rocket Man”.
“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” he said, using his new nickname for the North Korean leader. “The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”