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In Putin’s absence at the U.N. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will speak Thursday

He referred to Kim Jong Un as "rocket man" and said that Kim is on a "suicide mission" with his escalation of nuclear tensions.

The North Korean leader has defied global sanctions by developing nuclear weapons, along with ballistic missiles that could potentially deliver a warhead to Japan, Guam or even the continental United States.

Responding to Trump's comments, a senior Iranian official told Reuters Iran was prepared for all scenarios if the United States walked out on the agreement and was capable of resuming its restricted nuclear activities immediately if necessary. He later added: "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".

Merkel told broadcaster Deutsche Welle said that sanctions must be vigorously implemented, but also said consideration of a military solution was "absolutely inappropriate". The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russian Federation for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. he has been very threatening beyond a normal state".

The two recent unanimous votes of the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions against North Korea are a good start.

He also slammed Iran and said the Iranian nuclear deal was an "embarrassment" to the U.S. It's a form of protection from the USA, so when Trump threatens North Korea, it takes away their sense of security.

While sitting directly behind First Lady Melania Trump, Kelly held his head in his hands and then stared directly toward the ground with his elbows on his knees.

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilising activities while building risky missiles, and we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program", Trump said.

Throughout the 42-minute remarks, Trump did little to temper his trademark tough-guy language for the assembled statesmen and women, warning that swathes of the world were "going to hell" and declaring any trade with North Korea an "outrage".

Attacks on other governments took up much of the second half of Trump's speech. He has announced plans to withdraw from the United Nations -sponsored Paris climate agreement, for example.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are expected to attend a European Union-hosted meeting about the agreement at the United Nations later Wednesday. He called the Iran nuclear agreement one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the USA has ever entered into.

Trump complained that the USA pays 22 percent of the United Nations' operating costs and 28 percent of its peacekeeping costs. And again, it reflects the facts on the ground having changed and that the intelligent estimate of the United States that they've obtained this capacity is different. "Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions".

Markey, for his part, says the bill he introduced four days after Trump's inauguration (an identical bill, H.R.669, was introduced the same day in the House by California Democrat Ted Lieu) is more relevant than ever. "We will act to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria for its air, sea and ground forces", he said, also vowing to prevent Iran from producing any weapons that could hit Israel.

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