U.S president, Donald Trump, who is on a 12-day tour of Asia, has reiterated his administration’s plans to defend itself and it’s allies from a rogue North Korean regime, intent on pursuing Nuclear weaponry capable of hitting the U.S Mainland in the next 1-2 years.
North Korea has had series of missile tests this year, the last one prompting Trump to issue a warning to the nation.
Trump who has already visited Japan, said during an address at South Korea’s National Assembly in Seoul on Tuesday night that any attempt by Kim to attack the U.S or its allies will be a miscalculation and a grave mistake, calling North Korea ‘a hell no one deserves’.
“The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger,” “Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”
“North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned,” he said referring to Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, who formed the secretive state. “It is a hell that no person deserves.”
“That would be a fatal miscalculation,” he said of North Korean threats to strike the US and its allies. “This a very different administration than the United States has had in the past. Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.”
Trump also called on Russia, whose president, Putin, he’ll be meeting while in Asia and China, his next destination during the Asia tour, to clamp down on North Korea as they represent a global threat.
‘The time for excuses is over. Now is the time for strength. If you want peace, you must stand strong at all times,” Trump said. “The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation.”
Trump singled out China, where is heading immediately after the speech, and Russia, whose president he will meet later this week.
“We call on every nation — including China and Russia — to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime and sever all ties of trade and technology,” Trump said.
“It is our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together,” Trump said. “Because the longer we wait the greater the danger grows and the fewer the options become.”
Trump’s fiery rhetoric and stance on North Korea was met with applause in Japan but has been met with unease in South Korea, positioned just 35 miles from North Korea. With many locals scared they will be the first set of casualties if North Korea decides to flex its muscles.