During his first speech as president of the United States, Donald Trump tackled the issue of North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un.
“We must protect our nations, their interests, and their futures,” Trump began on the subject of North Korea.
He continued, eventually referencing North Korea by name, saying, “No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.”
The president then went on to point to specific atrocities committed by the North Korean regime — the death of Otto Warmbier, the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s brother, and the kidnapping of a young Japanese girl.
“If this is not twisted enough,” Trump continued, “now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.”
From there, Trump opined that the while the U.S. has “great strength and patience,” if forced to defend itself or our allies, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
Doubling down on a nickname the president gave Kim earlier in the week, Trump said that “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”
“It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future,” Trump added, saying that the U.N. Security Council recently passed a unanimous vote that saw “hard-hitting” resolutions being applied to North Korea.
Trump also took a moment to thank China and Russia “for joining the vote to impose sanctions.”
Before turning his speech to the issue of Iran, Trump said that “it is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.”
Watch Trump’s remarks on North Korea below, via CNN.