Chertoff: Trump Delivered 'Balanced' Speech to UN

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North Korea's foreign minister has brushed aside US President Donald Trump's fiery threat to destroy his nation, comparing it to a "dog's bark" and suggesting Pyongyang would not be deterred by the rhetoric. "As the president said yesterday, the United States has great strength and patience, but all options are on the table", Pence told the Security Council later.

Supporters of the pact say it's time to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons than nations have done through the almost 50-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Considering where they started, let's hope that's a good thing. She said that with tensions growing between the US and North Korea over the North's nuclear program, the need for the treaty is even greater.

The second takeaway from the president's speech was a familiar use of nationalist language and an emphasis on sovereignty.

Inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency the IAEA, which monitors the deal's implementation, have found Iran consistently in technical compliance.

Mr Trump's speech was described as a "42-minute tweetstorm" and former president George W. Bush's "axis of evil" speech on steroids. "The U.N. audience got Trumpism in its pure, unvarnished form". He recast his "America First" foreign policy as a call not for isolationism but for global leadership by responsible nation-states. His isolationist nature led him to tout the sovereignty of the nation-state even as his bullying style led him to threaten not just North Korea and Iran but also Venezuela for no other reason than its socialistic nature. Trump undiplomatically singled out North Korea and Iran as "rogue" nations that deserved military punishment by the American military.

Isolated and impoverished, the North said it needs a sturdy nuclear deterrence to protect it from an aggressive United States and the autocratic regime has made militarism a central part of its national ideology.

Trump has also frequently questioned the value of a robust American presence around the world. Yet he recognized, as never before, the importance of United Nations collaboration. He also backed out of a trade deal with 11 other countries along the Pacific Rim. It keeps the USA off balance in the region and avoids the collapse of a more or less friendly regime, the resulting influx of refugees to China, and the reunification of the Korean peninsula on unfriendly terms.

But elsewhere in Caracas, several thousand government supporters marched in protest against the United States. "Do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and to take ownership of their future?" If not, the United States will be forced to do what it must to keep our people and our allies safe.

Trump's speech, especially the part in he approached the North Korean issue, proved to be a little bit rhetoric, says Dr. Stephan Sideman, a linguistic expert at the University of Canada.

It called Trump's posture an obstacle to "other countries' efforts to persuade the two antagonists to talk".

But he also denounced Venezuela, because its socialist government "has inflicted bad pain and suffering on (its) good people". The administration has also shied away from talk of nation-building or creating democracies through the use of the USA military.

"I think it's a speech that you could nearly read into what you wanted to", Chertoff, who served under President George W. Bush, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented".

"This treaty is an important milestone towards the universally held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons" at a time of increasing concern about their risk, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened the signing ceremony. Trump drew polite applause both before and after he spoke.

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