U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that “fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings” just before President Trump delivered his first address at the General Assembly, where he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.
“The use of nuclear weapons should be unthinkable. Even the threat of their use can never be condoned. But today global anxieties about nuclear weapons are at the highest level since the end of the Cold War,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his first state-of-the-world report since taking the helm of the organization.
“When tensions rise, so does the chance of miscalculation. Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings.”
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Guterres specifically called out North Korea. But the speech also appeared to be in reference to Trump, who has warned of “fire and fury” awaiting North Korea if it threatens the United States.
On Tuesday, Guterres spoke before Trump. In his speech later, Trump proceeded to belittle North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket man” and threatened to eliminate his regime.
“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,” Trump said. “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”