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Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.) on Tuesday blasted president trump's controversial remarks during his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, saying they don't represent the views of all Americans.
"We need a strong, smart, strategic vision, not threats that stoke crisis. To our allies: [the president] does not speak for all Americans," Moulton wrote on Twitter.
Moulton, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, issued the tweet shortly after Trump threatened to use force in the face of North Korea's advancing nuclear weapons program.
"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," the president told the crowd of global leaders at the U.N. assembly in New York, invoking a nickname to refer to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"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 added.
The president's tough talk comes after North Korea conducted a series of missile tests while threatening to use their nuclear capabilities to strike foes if challenged.
During his speech Tuesday, Trump also took aim at the Iran nuclear deal negotiated under the Obama administration, calling it an "embarrassment" and hinting that it may be on the chopping block.
"We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program," Trump said.
"Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States and I don't think you have heard the last of it, believe me," Trump told the crowd, calling it "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."