‘Mr Trump, blow your trumpet towards values of unity & peace’

Robert Mugabe, addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, said US President Donald Trump's threat to destroy of North Korea was embarrassing.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the UN General Assembly at the United Nations on 21 September 2017 in New York. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says countries have the right to exercise their sovereignty and has criticised those who infringe on the rights of other nations.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday night, Mugabe said US President Donald Trump's threat to destroy of North Korea was embarrassing.

“Some of us were embarrassed, if not frightened by what appeared to be the return of the Biblical giant called Goliath.”

He says Trump should rather advocate for peace and dialogue.

“Mr Trump please blow your trumpet in a musical way toward the musical values of unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness and dialogue.”

Trump escalated his threats against North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a “rocket man.”

In a hard-edged speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Trump offered a grim portrait of a world in peril, adopted a more confrontational approach to solving global challenges from Iran to Venezuela, and gave an unabashed defence of US sovereignty.

“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 told the 193-member world body, sticking closely to a script.

Additional reporting by Reuters.