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In United Nations speech, President Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North Korea over nukes

In United Nations speech, President Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North Korea over nukes

In his first address to the United Nations, President Donald Trump vowed that the United States would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if that regime seeks to use its nuclear weapons against America or its allies, as Mr. Trump singled out North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela in a wide ranging address to the U.N. General Assembly. In blunt terms, the President zeroed in on North Korea, labeling it a “depraved” regime, referring to its leader as “Rocket Man,” as Mr. Trump said the United Nations must join together to stop the nuclear ambitions of Kim Jong Un. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Mr. Trump declared, making clear the U.S. would not ignore provocations by the Pyongyang regime. “If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” the President said. Pres. Trump on North Korea: 'Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.' https://t.co/a3VGUhtpiN pic.twitter.com/zHLl83PjLk — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 19, 2017 On Iran, Mr. Trump said the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama Administration and other American allies was an “embarrassment,”

The Latest: Israeli PM praises Trump's speech

The Latest: Israeli PM praises Trump's speech

The Latest on U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Israel's prime minister is praising President Donald Trump's address to the U.N. that condemned Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu said, 'In over 30 years in my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.' He said Trump 'spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.' Trump said in his speech that Iran's main export is violence. He accused Iran of supporting terrorists and threatening Israel. He criticized the 2015 nuclear deal that curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions. Israel and Iran are bitter enemies. Israel views Iran as an existential threat because of calls by Iranian leaders for the destruction of the Jewish state along with Tehran's nuclear and missile programs. ___ 11 a.m. President Donald Trump has concluded his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, a speech of more than 40 minutes marked by tough talk for North Korea and Iran. The president referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as 'rocket man.' And he threatened to 'totally destroy North Korea' if the United States is forced to defend itself or allies against the North's aggression. Trump also said the Iranian government is an 'economically depleted rogue state' whose chief export is violence. Trump said the world can't allow the 'murderous regime' to continue its destabilizing activities. And he knocked the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, saying world leaders 'cannot abide' by the agreement if it 'provides cover' for Iran to build its nuclear program. ___ 10:56 a.m. President Donald Trump says the socialist government in Venezuela has brought a once-thriving nation to the 'brink of collapse.' Trump accused its President Nicolas Maduro (nee-koh-LAHS' mah-DOO'-roh) of stealing power from elected representatives to preserve his 'disastrous rule.' He said: 'The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing.' He called that situation 'completely unacceptable.' Trump said his administration has imposed tough sanctions on the government and vowed further action. In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump also took aim at the 'corruption and destabilizing regime' in Cuba. He said his administration won't lift U.S. sanctions on the communist government until it makes fundamental reforms. ___ 10:54 a.m. Iranian state TV broadcast President Donald Trump's first speech at the U.N. General Assembly live with a Persian translation voice-over. During Tuesday's speech, Trump called Iran an 'economically depleted rogue state' whose chief export is violence. He accused Iran of supporting terrorists and threatening Israel. He also criticized a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that capped Tehran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions. Iranian TV has broadcast the speeches of previous U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama. ____ 10:53 a.m. President Donald Trump says in a major speech before the United Nations General Assembly that he believes that trade must be fair and must be reciprocal. Trump has long argued that free trade deals have damaged the U.S. economy and hurt U.S. workers. He says the country's middle class, which was once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind. But he says that, under his presidency, 'they are forgotten no more.' Trump also says he will continue to purse cooperation with other nations, but says his ultimate responsibility rests in taking care of his citizens. ____ 10:50 a.m. President Donald Trump says the United States will have no choice but to 'totally destroy' North Korea if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against the North's aggression. In his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, Trump says the North Korean government is a 'depraved regime.' Trump is calling on other nations to work together to isolate North Korea until its ceases what he says is its hostile behavior. But if forced to defend itself or its allies against North Korea's continued threats, Trump says 'we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.' ___ 10:45 a.m. President Donald Trump says 'it is a massive source of embarrassment for the United Nations' that some countries with human rights violations sit on the international body's human rights panel. Trump made the remark in his debut address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, part of a broader call for the UN to make reforms. He said, 'It is a massive source of embarrassment for the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council.' The panel's 47 members include, for example, China and Saudi Arabia. The council's web page says the UN General Assembly 'takes into account the candidate states' contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments in this regard.' ___ 10:44 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling Syrian President Bashar Assad's government a 'criminal regime.' Trump is making his debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday. The president says 'no society can be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread.' He is calling for a peaceful solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. In April, Trump ordered the firing of dozens of Tomahawk missiles at an air base in central Syria, marking the first time the U.S. has directly struck Assad's forces during the country's six-year civil war. ___ 10:43 a.m. President Donald Trump is criticizing 'uncontrolled migration' as 'deeply unfair' to both sending and receiving countries. Trump says at the United Nations General Assembly that countries that send migrants are less likely to implement reforms. For receiving countries, the president says the costs are overwhelmingly borne by 'low-income citizens' whose concerns are often neglected by the government and the media. Trump is pointing to the work that the United States has done to address famine and AIDS relief. ___ 10:41 a.m. President Donald Trump says 'strong sovereign nations' are necessary for diverse countries to 'work side by side.' Trump is making his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday. Trump says America does not expect different countries to share the same traditions or government systems. But he says countries must respect their people and the 'rights of every other sovereign nation.' Trump frequently belittled the U.N. as a candidate and some within his White House believe the U.N acts as a global bureaucracy that infringes on the sovereignty of individual countries. ___ 10:30 a.m. President Donald Trump says at the United Nations that the Iranian government is an 'economically depleted rogue state' whose chief export is violence. Trump is telling world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly that the world cannot allow the 'murderous regime' to continue its destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles. The president is questioning the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. He says world leaders 'cannot abide' by the agreement if it 'provides cover' for Iran to eventually build its nuclear program. The administration last week extended sanctions relief to Iran, avoiding imminent action that could implode the landmark agreement. ___ 10:29 a.m. President Donald Trump is talking tough on terror as he delivers his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly. Trump tells world leaders in a major speech that 'it is time to expose and hold responsible' nations that provide funding and safe harbor to terror groups. He says all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and 'the Islamic extremist that inspires them.' He says: 'We will stop radical Islamic terrorism, because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world.' __ 10:28 a.m. President Donald Trump says the United States seeks harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife on the world stage. Trump says: 'The United States will forever be a great friend to the world.' But he's warning that his country must not be taken advantage of. He's also touting the benefits of his 'principled realism' philosophy and says actions must be guided by outcomes and not ideology. Trump is addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as president. ___ 10:27 a.m. President Donald Trump says the world must reject threats to sovereignty. And he is lumping in Ukraine as an example, in a rarely implied criticism of Russia. Russia in 2014 annexed Ukraine's Crimea region. It also has backed separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. Trump also cites the South China Sea as a threat to sovereignty. There, China has aggressively asserted control over disputed waters and islands. ___ 10:26 a.m. President Donald Trump says 'strong sovereign nations' are necessary for diverse countries to 'work side by side.' Trump is making his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday. Trump says America does not expect different countries to share the same traditions or government systems. But he says countries must respect their people and the 'rights of every other sovereign nation.' Trump frequently belittled the U.N. during the election, and some aides within his White House believe the U.N acts as a global bureaucracy that infringes on the sovereignty of individual countries. ___ 10:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is telling the United Nations General Assembly that he will 'always put America first' and the U.S. can no longer be taken advantage of in its dealings around the globe. Trump says he will 'defend America's interests above all else.' He says the U.S. will 'forever be a great friend to the world,' including its allies, but the U.S. can no longer be taken advantage of and get nothing in return. The president was making his first address to the U.N. General Assembly and giving world leaders his view of the 'America first' mantra that he used as a candidate in the 2016 election. ___ 10:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is opening his maiden address in front of the United Nationals General Assembly by praising his accomplishments in office so far. He's also sending thanks to the leaders of countries that have offered assistance to the U.S. as it recovers from a pair of damaging hurricanes. Trump is praising the American people as 'strong and resilient' and says the U.S. has done 'very well' since his election. He's pointing to the stock market and the employment rate and says the U.S. military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. ___ 3:40 a.m. Elected on the slogan 'America First,' President Donald Trump is making his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly. He's expected to argue Tuesday that nations should act in their own self-interest, yet rally together when faced with a common threat such as North Korea. He plans to address other crisis points, too, such as Iran's nuclear agenda, the instability in Venezuela and the fight against terrorism in Syria and elsewhere. Trump frequently belittled the U.N. as a candidate and his White House has been infused with forces that believe the U.N acts as a global bureaucracy that infringes the sovereignty of nations. But Trump is expected to argue that U.N. member states should unite to face global dangers.

“In a moment of crisis, we were ready”- Jax officials break down Irma response

“In a moment of crisis, we were ready”- Jax officials break down Irma response

It’s too early to tell how much Irma will cost the City of Jacksonville, but the Mayor’s Administration says there was a clear and significant impact. “I would not be surprised if it’s not as equal to, or a bit more than Hurricane Matthew,” says Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa. Mousa is among those who came before Jacksonville’s City Council Monday to break down their initial assessment of their preparation for and response to Irma. Mayor Lenny Curry says they will continue to be aggressive about getting things back to normal as quickly as possible. “There’s certainly no time right now to pat ourselves on the back because there’s a lot of work to be done, but you need to know that- in a moment of crisis- we were ready,” Curry told the Council. To allay any concerned about looting amid the evacuations, Sheriff Mike Williams says they saw slightly higher incidents of business and residential burglaries county-wide, but nothing “out of control”. He also emphasized the new initiative from the State Attorney’s Office which is targeting anyone who took advantage of the storm for criminal purposes. “Make sure those people who victimized our citizens in their weakest moment get some special attention,” Williams says. Mousa says the City did take a hit with infrastructure, including roof and window leaks, damage to pump stations and bridges, and even a fire station in Ortega that so severely flooded that it’s currently considered uninhabitable. While there are emergency work orders out for some of the highest priority repairs, they’re also assessing the dunes. “We estimate about 33-50% of the sand that we placed under Matthew has been eroded,” Mousa says. There has been no assessment done to the Pier yet, to determine if the rebuilding it saw after Matthew has also been damaged. While there is no exact price tag yet, Mousa says they’re confident federal support will be there. “FEMA’s in. FEMA’s with us,” he said. As for the areas that have a more direct impact on you, Mousa says they will finish “cut and toss” operations by early Tuesday- clearing more than 900 trees from roadways overall. Debris pickup operations are set to begin next Monday, September 25th, and Mousa says the first pass across the City is projected to take about 45 days, and will start in the more heavily affected areas. They have already identified 12 locations for temporary debris storage, and have three dozen trucks certified and ready to start pickup operations. He’s asking you to be sure your debris is ready to go, though. Be sure not to mix storm debris with construction debris- they should be separately stacked curbside, and not near any powere line, tree, or other obstruction. If you have debris that can be easily bagged, Mousa says that will be collected with your standard trash pickup, but the bulk collection will be a longer operation. JEA is expected to conduct their own comprehensive review of their storm response during a meeting Tuesday, but CEO Paul McElroy also gave the Council an overview Monday. McElroy says they performed well when compared to the rest of the state, dealing with more than 1,200 trees that impacted service, losing more than 200 poles, and replacing almost 400 transformers. He acknowledged a total of about two million gallons in sewage overflow- saying that is too much, but also a marked improvement over the spills in Matthew, especially considering the amount of water dropped in our area during Irma and the amount that was, therefore, being processed by the lift stations. He says there are still a few hundred customers in the dark, but they continue to focus on getting them back on as quickly as possible.

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The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
In United Nations speech, President Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North Korea over nukes

In his first address to the United Nations, President Donald Trump vowed that the United States would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if that regime seeks to use its nuclear weapons against America or its allies, as Mr. Trump singled out North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela in a wide ranging address to the U.N. General Assembly.

In blunt terms, the President zeroed in on North Korea, labeling it a “depraved” regime, referring to its leader as “Rocket Man,” as Mr. Trump said the United Nations must join together to stop the nuclear ambitions of Kim Jong Un.

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