Addressing South Korea’s National Assembly on Wednesday, Trump attempted to portray his administration as much more willing than former US administrations to resort to military action against the North. “This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past,” Trump said. “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us,” he added, apparently addressing North Korea.
Trump, who was wrapping up his visit to Seoul, said, “We will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here, on this ground we fought and died to secure.”
“We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated,” he added. In what he called a “direct” message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the US president said, “The weapons 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,” Trump said. “North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves.”
On the eve of a visit to China, he further called on countries around the world, including China and Russia, to step up their efforts to isolate North Korea by denying “it any form of support, supply, or acceptance.” In earlier, confused remarks, he had threatened North Korea with military action while inviting it to make a deal with Washington.