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Trump Issues Warning to North Korea: 'Do Not Try Us'

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:02 PM

President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to North Korea and dictator Kim Jong Un on Wednesday in a speech to the South Korean National Assembly: "Do not underestimate us and do not try us."

"The regime has interpreted America's past restraint as weakness," Trump said in Seoul on his second day on the Korean Peninsula. "This would be a fatal miscalculation.

"This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past.

"Today, I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations, when I say to the North: Do not underestimate us and do not try us," the president said to applause from the assembly.

"We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty.

"America does not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will never run from it," Trump said. "History is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested America's resolve.

"Anyone who doubts the strength or determination of the United States should look to our past — and you will doubt it no longer.

"We will not permit America or our allies to be blackmailed or attacked," the president said. "We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction.

"We will not be intimidated — and we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here on this ground that we fought and died to secure."

Trump's speech came a day after he urged North Korea to "come to the table" and "make a deal."

He also pushed Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program — noting the United States would use military force if needed — but assured Seoul "ultimately, it'll all work out."

"It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world," Trump said at a news conference Tuesday alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "I do see certain movement."

President Trump also is expected to visit the South Korean national cemetery — after a failed trip to the DMZ because of bad weather — before leaving Seoul for visits later this week to China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

He will meet later this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vietnam.

In Seoul, President Trump outlined the terms for negotiations with Pyongyang: "An end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles and complete verifiable and total denuclearization.

"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer," Trump said. "They are putting your regime in great 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. "It is a hell that no person deserves."

In outlining the various atrocities committed by the Kim regime in recent years, Trump listed Otto Warmbier, 22, the University of Virginia student who died in June after being imprisoned in North Korea.

Trump said that Pyongyang "tortured" Warmbier, "ultimately leading to that fine young man's death."

President Trump also contrasted the prosperity of South Korea with the "military cult" of the North, which begins about just 25 miles from Seoul.

"North Korea is a country ruled as a cult," Trump said. "At the center of this military cult is a deranged belief in the leader's destiny to rule as parent protector over a conquered Korean Peninsula and an enslaved Korean people.

"The more successful South Korea becomes, the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the Kim regime.

"In this way, the very existence of a thriving South Korean republic threatens the very survival of the North Korean dictatorship.

"This city and this assembly are living proof that a free and independent Korea not only can but does stand strong, sovereign and proud among the nations of the world.

"Here, the strength of the nation does not come from the false glory of the tyrant," President Trump continued. "It comes from the true and powerful glory of a strong and great people, the people of the Republic of Korea.

"A Korean people who are free to live, to flourish, to worship, to love, to build, and to grow their own destiny.

"In this republic, the people have done what no dictator ever could: You took, with the help of the United States, responsibility for yourself and ownership of your future.

"You had a dream, a Korean dream, and you built that dream into a great reality."

President Trump also called on all nations, including China and Russia, to not "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, to deny it in any form.

"You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept.

"We call on every nation including China and Russia to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime and sever all ties of trade and technology.

"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.

"To those nations that choose to ignore this threat or worse still to enable it," the president warned, "the weight of this crisis is on your conscience."

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