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Trump: If NK views U.S. ‘restraint as weakness’ regime makes ‘fatal miscalculation’

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WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump warned North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un yesterday not to underestimate the will and power of the United States and urged him to rid his country of nuclear weapons.

Trump, who spoke before the National Assembly in the South Korean capital of Seoul, said the United States stands with South Korea in opposing the North.

The president, in the midst of a trip through Asia, said North Korea has pursued its nuclear weapons and missile programs “in defiance of every assurance, agreement and commitment it has made to the United States and its allies.”

North Korea promised to freeze its plutonium program in 1994. It did not. “In 2005, after years of diplomacy, the dictatorship agreed to ultimately abandon its nuclear programs and return to the treaty on nonproliferation,” Trump said. “But it never did. And worse, it tested the very weapons it said it was going to give up.”

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In 2009, the United States again offered to negotiate with North Korea. The regime answered by sinking the South Korean navy ship Cheonan, killing 46 sailors. “To this day, it continues to launch missiles over the sovereign territory of Japan and all other neighbors, test nuclear devices and develop ICBMs to threaten the United States itself,” the president said.

“We will defend our common security”

“The regime has interpreted America’s past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation,” Trump said. “Today I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations when I say to the North: Do not underestimate us. And do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty.”

The 38th parallel that separates North and South Korea is the line “between peace and war, between decency and depravity, between law and tyranny, between hope and total despair,” the president said.

The line has been drawn by other oppressors in the past, and holding that line is the choice free nations have made through history, Trump said. “We have learned together the high cost of weakness and the high stakes of its defense,” he added. “America’s men and women in uniform have given their lives in the fight against Nazism, imperialism, communism and terrorism. America does not seek conflict or confrontation. But we will never run from it.”

Trump said the United States will not let itself or its allies be blackmailed or attacked. “We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction,” he said. “We will not be intimidated. And we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here on this ground we fought and died so hard to secure.”

Trump flatly stated that the time for excuses is over and that now is the time for strength. “If you want peace, you must stand strong at all times,” he said. “The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation.”

Seeking cooperation from Russia and China

He specifically called on Russia and China to join the rest of the world in isolating the North Korean regime in Pyongyang. He asked all nations to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime, and sever all ties of trade and technology. “It is our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together, because the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows and the fewer the options become,” he said.

Trump addressed the North Korean leader directly, saying the weapons he is building are not making his regime more secure, but rather are putting it in grave danger. “Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face,” Trump said.

Despite all the crimes committed by the regime since 1950, the nations of the world will offer a path to a better future for the North Korean people, the president said. “[The path] begins with an end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles, and complete, verifiable, and total denuclearization,” he said.

South Korea stands in stark contrast to the North, Trump said. “In just a few decades, with only the hard work, courage, and talents of your people, you turned this war-torn land into a nation blessed with wealth, rich in culture and deep in spirit,” he said. “You built a home where all families can flourish and where all children can shine and be happy.”

South Korea is an independent, confident, peace-loving and respected nation, and is a strong ally of the United States, Trump said. “We are nations that respect our citizens, cherish our liberty, treasure our sovereignty, and control our own destiny,” he added. “We affirm the dignity of every person and embrace the full potential of every soul. And we are always prepared to defend the vital interests of our people against the cruel ambition of tyrants.”

 

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Mocks President Trump at Globalist Festival

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The acting Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, took the opportunity to throw shade at President Donald Trump while speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday. The annual event at a ski resort in Colorado has served for several years as a venue for leading neoconservatives, uber-hawks, and  Washington D.C based defense contractors to coordinate their political activities, recently becoming an opportunity for the elite bureaucrat class to fume collectively in hatred against the America First vision of foreign policy articulated by President Trump. However, it comes as a surprise to many to see an acting high-level U.S national security official speak publicly against the foreign policy of peaceful and principled realism set forth by the President he is nominally bound to serve as Commander-in-Chief.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Director Coats justified an earlier statement of opposition he had released in response to the President’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, stating that he “needed to correct the record,” and that he “wished [Trump] had made a different statement.” Coats went on to express a sense of bewilderment upon learning that Trump had invited President Putin to the White House for further bilateral negotiations, initially asking Mitchell to repeat herself before responding with “okay… That’s going to be special,” speaking in reference to the planned White House visit.

Coats even floated the possibility of resignation from his office in his discussion with the MSNBC talk show host, answering a question about whether of not he had even considered resigning from his position as a form of protest against the sitting President’s national security policies by saying it was “a place I don’t really go to, publicly.” It’s uncertain if the President deserves intelligence personnel who are able to fully devote their efforts to apolitical public service without the possibility of resigning to advance an alternate political agenda, from the perspective of the acting U.S intelligence chief.

Other deep-state linked political figures, such as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the former pundit-extraordinaire and now full-time Twitter crybaby Bill Kristol, were in attendance at the four-day exclusive conference, with tickets for attendance ranging from $1,500 to $2,000.

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