North Korea responded to President Donald Trump’s tough speech in South Korea with insults and threats.
“We don’t care about what that mad dog may utter because we’ve already heard enough,” North Korean officials told CNN.
Addressing South Korea’s National Assembly Tuesday night, Trump issued a strong warning to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “Do not underestimate us. Do not try us,” the president stressed, explaining that “history is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested America’s resolve.” He also offered an olive branch to the regime. “North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves,” he asserted, adding, “We will offer a path to a much better future” if North Korea changes its path, abandoning aggression and weapons development.
North Korea did not respond positively to Trump’s speech, which received a standing ovation in South Korea and was certainly not broadcasted in the North.
“The United States is threatening us with nuclear aircraft carriers and strategic bombers. They are challenging us with with the most vicious and demeaning provocations but we will counter those threats by bolstering the power of justice in order to take out the root cause of aggression and war,” regime officials remarked.
Trump called for the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, something that North Korea refuses to accept or even discuss. The North claims that it needs nuclear weapons for self-defense in the face of a superior force threatening its existence.
The president addressed this argument in his address in South Korea.
“The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer,” Trump asserted. The weapons are “putting the regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face,” he said.
Some observers are still anticipating a missile test or some other provocation while the president is traveling around Asia, but it is always difficult to accurately predict North Korean aggression.
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