President Trump threw down the gauntlet to Kim Jong Un, warning the North Korean dictator: Do not try us.
“Do not underestimate us. And do not try us,” Trump said Wednesday during a speech before the South Korean national assembly. “Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”
Trump reiterated that the United States will defend its longtime ally, South Korea, if Kim Jong Un threatens its safety.
Kim has been saber-rattling in recent months, and Trump has repeatedly warned that his patience is wearing thin.
“The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation. All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea. It is our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together, because the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows, and the fewer the options become.
And to those nations that choose to ignore this threat or, worse still, to enable it: The weight of this crisis is on your conscience.”
President Trump said he’s prepared to take military action against North Korea, if necessary, and the U.S. will draw on its unmatched military might to crush any foe in its path.
“We will not be intimidated,” he said, adding that his goal is a de-nuclearized North Korea and “peace through strength.”
Trump said Kim Jong Un is sorely mistaken if he thinks the United States’ passivity during the past eight years is a sign of weak resolve.
“The regime has interpreted America’s past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation,” Trump said. “This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past.”
President Trump is on a whirlwind 13-day tour of Asia, during which he has visited Japan, South Korea, and will make stops in China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
After Trump visited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, Japan announced it will impose additional sanctions against North Korea. Despite the American media’s constant trashing of Trump’s brash style, his unconventional diplomacy actually produces results.
Similarly, after his chat with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (a liberal), South Korea agreed to purchase billions of dollars of military weapons from the United States. That is a two-pronged victory for the US: South Korea arms itself against North Korea, and Trump just created more jobs for Americans.
Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump turned heads while visiting South Korea’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook. Melania won praise for wearing a purple coat dress that paid homage to South Korea’s traditional garb, the hanbok.
President Trump then visited China, where he urged President Xi Jinping to take additional steps to neutralize North Korea. Since Trump took office, China has done more to isolate and pressure North Korea (its ally) than it ever did during the Obama presidency.
Note to media: That’s the difference between talking and doing, rhetoric versus results.
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