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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.”

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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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President Trump Rules Out Deploying Troops to Restore Order, Even as Riots Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Trump has opted to not show strength in the face of this crisis.

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Just one day after President Donald Trump said he was willing to send military forces into states across the country to put down riots, he is reportedly backing off of the idea.

According to administration officials, Trump is happy with the result of yesterday’s enforcement measures during the riots – which included law enforcement officials being shot and police getting hit by SUVs. He will not be using the Insurrection Act to put troops on the streets to restore order anytime soon.

“The law is absolutely still on the table if things get really bad, but as of now he doesn’t think it’s going to have to go that far,” an administration official said to Axios.

“As President Trump has said, we cannot allow the voices of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by angry mobs, which is why the President will continue to take lawful, decisive action to stop the violence and restore the security of all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

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Trump made the pivot after RINO Republicans whined about his harsh rhetoric as the country burns due to extreme left-wing riots.

“I don’t think the Pentagon’s keen on getting brought into this unless they absolutely have to. We need to restore order, but using active duty military troops in circumstances like this is a fairly rare occurrence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday.

“I would prefer that these things be handled by the state and local authorities,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said. “You want to de-escalate, rather than escalate.”

Yesterday, Trump declared that he would show zero tolerance for any more rioting and looting in the streets:

President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will deploy military force in cities that are gripped by riots if blue-state governors do not get their acts in order and do so soon.

“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said in his speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”

Trump made it clear that he is an “ally of all peaceful protesters” who are protesting about injustices committed against George Floyd, who died during a police encounter with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, Trump will not allow the rioters to disgrace Floyd’s memory with their looting and wanton property destruction.

Trump announced that he would deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in order to restore order in American cities. These forces could be deployed as soon as tonight considering how blue-state governors have done so poorly at keeping their states safe.

Earlier in the day, Trump had criticized governors throughout the country for their “weak” response to the growing violence.

President Trump has backed off at least temporarily from his boasts, showing yet again that his bark is much worse than his bite.

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