US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, on September 19. Photo: Reuters

Trump’s threats at UN to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea demonstrate little relationship with reality

Donald Kirk writes that Trump’s over-the-top declaration can’t hide the fact that military action against the North would be deeply unpopular at home, costly and opposed by North Korea’s neighbours

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US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, on September 19. Photo: Reuters
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.