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Trump Pledges 'Maximum Pressure,' 'Resolve' on NKorea

Trump Pledges 'Maximum Pressure,' 'Resolve' on NKorea
President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union on Tuesday night. (Susan Walsh/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:11 PM

President Donald Trump pledged to support a burgeoning anti-Iranian government protest — and warned of "maximum pressure" on North Korea, whose "reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland."

In his first State of the Union speech Tuesday, the president called out the oppressive leadership in both countries, saying his administration is "restoring clarity about our adversaries."

"America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom," he said, adding: "I am asking Congress to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal."

He noted, however, "no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea."

"North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland," he said. "We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening."

In a heartbreaking reminder of "the depraved character of the North Korean regime," Trump referred to the imprisonment and death of Otto Warmbier, a student from the University of Virginia who on his way to study in Asia when he was arrested during a tour of North Korea.

"At its conclusion, this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state," Trump said. "After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor before returning him to America last June, horribly injured, and on the verge of death. He passed away just days after his return."

Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, their eyes brimming with tears, and Otto's brother and sister, Austin and Greta, were guests at the address and were warmly applauded by the chamber.

"You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world and your strength truly inspires us all," Trump said. "[Tuesday night], we pledge to honor Otto's memory with total American resolve."

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President Donald Trump pledged to support a burgeoning anti-Iranian government protest, and warned of "maximum pressure" on North Korea's nuclear aspirations.
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