President Trump is on his first tour of Asia since becoming President of the United States. His attempts to bring a level of understanding, tempered with compassion, to the issue of North Korea’s continued threats seems to be going well.
President Trump’s stop in Japan allowed him the chance to sympathize with the Japanese over North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un ordering missile test flights over Japan airspace. The President stated that he has run out of the “strategic patience” held for North Korea by the presidents before him, according to The Washington Times. He assured the Japanese people that the United States’ “very weak rhetoric” of the past toward North Korea is coming to an end.
The goal was to end the North Korean missile crisis peacefully while putting an end to their threats once and for all. Kim has made it clear that he will not stop through peaceful means.
Now, the world is watching to see what the dictatorship will do next. The concern is that they will attack South Korea, Japan, or even the American territory of Guam.
When President Trump was in Tokyo, he said, “Some people say my rhetoric is very strong, but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric in the last 25 years.” He continued, “The regime continues development of its unlawful weapons programs, including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly overly Japanese territory. We will not stand for that.”
North Korea has had multiple chances to do the right thing and end their missile program and nuclear weapons quest, both of which are the cause of concern. Instead, they continue launching missiles and pursuing nuclear capability with a sharp increase in missile launches over the summer.
During his statement, President Trump asked Congress for $5.9 billion in emergency spending. The purpose of this money is to help bolster missile defenses, keeping North Korea at bay.
Included in the spending proposal: $4 billion to be used for the missile defense systems, another $700 million used to repair Navy warships, and finally, $1.2 billion to help support the South Asia plan to stop North Korea.
“This request supports additional efforts to detect, defeat, and defend against any North Korean use of ballistic missiles against the United States, its deployed forces, allies, or partners,” President Trump wrote in the request. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be the one to receive the request.
At the same time, North Korea blamed President Trump for bringing hostility to the region. It is important to note that the North Koreans have tested a hydrogen bomb, nuclear capabilities and launched 15 missile tests this year alone. Their development of these weapons was in motion long before President Trump assumed office.
President Trump announced that “weak rhetoric” of past presidents will not be coming from him. Do you support President Trump’s hardline stance against North Korea?
The North Korean state-run news agency is reporting, “No one can predict when the lunatic old man of the White House, lost to senses, will start a nuclear war against [North Korea].”
The hope is that President Trump’s tour across Asia will bring everyone closer together so that the region–and the world– can achieve a cohesive stance in opposition to the despot Kim. If the current path continues, the future looks dark.