Much of President Trump’s Asia tour revolved around the continued threat North Korea poses to the US and its allies.
According to The Guardian, President Trump issued a strong warning to North Korea during a speech at South Korea’s national assembly. President Trump warned, “The weapons that 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 … Do not underestimate us. Do not try us.”
Initially, President Trump offered a peaceful resolution to the matter if North Korea halted its missile program, “We will offer a path to a much better future. It begins with an end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles, and complete, verifiable and total denuclearisation.”
He then painted the grim picture of what life was like in North Korea, citing numerous human rights offenses such as slave labor, famine, and abuses of power. President Trump stated, “North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned, it is a hell that no person deserves.”
Park Ju-min, a politician who attended the speech, praised President Trump for not directly attacking North Korea. “It’s good that he didn’t make any comments that will enrage North Korea.”
But Park did acknowledge that North Korea would likely find offense to the “human rights abuses” allegations. “Of course, North Korea will feel offended because of Trump’s focus on human rights abuses, but he did not make any specific threats against Kim.”
President Trump also called upon China and Russia to assist in stabilizing the tense situation by using their influence with North Korea before it became too late, “It is our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together. The longer we wait, the great[er] the danger grows and the fewer the options become.”
Min Pyung-doo, of the Democrat party in South Korea, praised President Trump’s speech and diplomatic efforts. “He had some tough words, but the real message is that there is a path to peace through dialogue. He reassured us and the world that the alliance with South Korea is strong and that will go a long way to calming the people’s fears here.”
However, US officials were not as optimistic, saying that convincing North Korea to abandon its nuclear goals was “a non-starter.” An official went on to say that even if North Korea accepted the terms, the highly secretive nation would never agree to an inspection to verify they had in fact followed through on removing their nuclear weapons.
President Trump’s speech, while firm, was considered more diplomatic and open according to his critics. It remains to be seen how North Korea will react to the warnings and calls for a peaceful resolution, considering the stubbornness and aggression they’ve displayed so far.
Do you think North Korea will heed our President’s warning?
Kim Jong-un will likely take offense to the implied accusations that his people are suffering under his rule, and he will refuse to abandon his newfound nuclear power that has garnered so much fear and attention.
Hopefully, the rogue dictator will prove surprising and seek a peaceful resolution, and for once, consider the needs of his own people. Until then, North Koreans continue to face the harsh economic reality imposed by Kim’s brutal regime and UN sanctions.