President Trump: ‘Now is the time for strength’

President Donald J. Trump had sharp words for North Korea during a speech in South Korea on November 7: “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.”

The president called on every nation to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions and exert maximum pressure to isolate North Korea, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime, and sever all ties of trade and technology.

“All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea,” President Trump said. He noted that the North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in defiance of every assurance, agreement and commitment it has made to the United States and its allies.

President Trump speaking at the National Assembly in Seoul (© AP Images)“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,” he said. “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’s speech to Korea’s National Assembly came as he spent four days in Japan and South Korea, crucial U.S. allies, to promote security in the Indo-Pacific region as part of his historic trip to Asia.

‘One people, two Koreas’

The president said that the more successful South Korea becomes, “the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the Kim regime. … It is a tale of one people, but two Koreas,” Trump said. “One Korea in which the people took control of their lives and their country and chose a future of freedom and justice, of civilization and incredible achievement. And another Korea in which leaders imprison their people under the banner of tyranny, fascism, and oppression.”

President Trump speaking at the National Assembly in Seoul (© Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)President Trump closed his speech with a positive vision for the Korean peninsula, a realization of the Korean dream. “Together, we dream of a Korea that is free, a peninsula that is safe, and families that are reunited once again. We dream of highways connecting North and South, of cousins embracing cousins, and this nuclear nightmare replaced with the beautiful promise of peace.”

After his speech at Korea’s National Assembly, Trump departed for China. His trip to Asia is the longest by any U.S. president in the last 25 years.