President Trump spoke before the United Nations for the first time on Tuesday morning, addressing a number of issues faced by world leaders today, including North Korea, Iran, and the state of the global organization at large.

The president began by expressing his appreciation to the leaders of nations that offered aid to Americans in the wake of two devastating hurricanes in recent weeks, before providing an optimistic outlook on the U.S. economy and military under his charge.

Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.  For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly.  Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed.” He said.

The president went on to tell the committee of national leaders that they were living in a time of “great opportunity,” adding:

But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value.  Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet.  Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.”

Trump, who had been openly critical of the United Nations in the past for its bureaucracy and overspending, also offered a more optimistic outlook regarding what the international organization was capable of in the modern era.  He tempered this optimism with a call for leaders to embrace the concepts of “national sovereignty” in which each nation works and acts in its own best interest, which, according to the president, would lead to a more stable geopolitical environment.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.” Trump said. “All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.”

When addressing North Korea, Trump did not mince words regarding the possibility for armed conflict, stating in plain language how he sees such a war playing out.