Some of the member nations of the UN have denounced President Trump’s first UN speech after being singled out for criticism.
The president included Iran among “a small group of rogue regimes”, and said the US would “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to do so.
Iran’s foreign minister said: “Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times and not the UN.”
North Korea has yet to respond to the president’s threat of destruction.
Mr Trump’s speech laid out a vision for a world filled with sovereign states which worked for the betterment of their citizens – but he spent large portions targeting what he called “rogue nations” which are “the scourge of our planet today”.
Washington has repeatedly warned North Korea over its weapons tests, which violate UN Security Council resolutions.
On Tuesday, Mr Trump criticised North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, saying: “Rocket man is on a suicide mission.”
“If [the US] is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” he added.
It was noted that audience members were seen covering their face with their hands and loud, startled murmurs filled the hall in response. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who was observed crossing her arms, told the BBC: “It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience. The American leader called on “the righteous many” to confront “the wicked few”.