President Trump met on Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-In during a joint press conference and said that we cannot allow North Korea to threaten all that we have built in the decade since American and South Korean soldiers sacrificed side by side in the struggle for freedom.
Admitting that North Korea’s sixth test of a nuclear device and its numerous missile launches are a threat not only to the people of South Korea but the rest of the world, President Trump said that together we will confront North Korea’s actions and prevent the North Korean dictator from threatening millions of innocent lives.
Describing North Korea as a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action, President Trump called on every responsible nation, including China and Russia, to demand that the North Korean regime end its nuclear weapons and its missile programs.
President Trump said it makes sense for North Korea to do the right thing for North Korea and for humanity all over the world and emphasized that the U.S. is showing strength.
“You know we sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world, and they’re right now positioned. We have a nuclear submarine also positioned. We have many things happening that we hope, we hope…..in fact, I’ll go a step further, we hope to God we never have to use” President Trump said.
South Korean President Moon said they would like to expand our diplomatic efforts with North Korea to promote peace, stability and prosperity of the Northeast Asian region.
Admitting there’s role to be played by the United States and China, President Moon said that the U.S. is leading efforts to apply sanctions on North Korea and pointed out that China is faithfully implementing the U.N. resolution to impose sanctions.
President Moon said that the focus must be on ending provocations and bringing the North Korean leadership to the negotiating table and claimed that heightened sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang will also contribute to resolving the nuclear problem.
“Once again, we strongly urge North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile provocation, and to come to a dialogue table for denuclearization as soon as possible” President Moon said.
Emphasizing that South Korea and the United States have strengthened their defensive posture and remain committed to deterring threats from North Korea through their combined overwhelming military power, President Moon said that he and President Trump have both agreed to further strengthen their defense posture.
“Against escalating nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, we reaffirmed our principle that we must maintain a strong stance toward North Korean threats based on overwhelming superiority of power” President Moon said.
President Moon said that should North Korea choose to make the right choice, “we also reaffirmed our view that we are willing to offer North Korea a bright future.”
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