President Trump issued threats to North Korea, and its nuclear program, warning Pyongyang to not try its luck with the U.S. Despite those harsh words, the President said he hopes a peaceful resolution can be reached.
During an address at South Korea’s National Assembly, Trump delivered stinging threats to Pyongyang: “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.”
Trump also called for a complete de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula. CNN National Security Analyst, Gen. Michael Hayden relays, “It was a tough speech, I don’t mind tough, it wasn’t over the top, it wasn’t on the edge. No ‘Rocket Man’; no ‘Fire and Fury'”.
Trump didn’t call North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un any names, but he delivered a direct message to Kim about his family’s legacy.
“North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves.”
Prior to the address, Trump said he was willing to negotiate with North Korea, saying it would make sense for Kim to try to “Make a Deal”.
James Clapper, a Former U.S.. Director of National Intelligence mentions, “The United States has no permanent enemies. If you look at the cases of Germany and Japan and the DPRK, North Korea doesn’t have to be a permanent enemy either.”
Just before Mr. Trump’s speech, North Korean officials, telling CNN they’re sticking to their military testing plans, saying: “We don’t care about what that mad dog may utter because we’ve already heard enough.”
Trump is the first U.S. President to give a speech to South Korea’s Parliament since President Bill Clinton did so in 1993. The next stop on the President’s Asian trip is China, having landed in Beijing Wednesday morning, November 8.