‘Do not try us’: US President Trump warns North Korea

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International desk, November 08: US President Donald Trump has issued a stark warning to North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un in an address to South Korea’s parliament.

“Do not underestimate us. Do not try us,” he said, while also condemning the “dark fantasy” of life in the North.

He addressed Mr Kim in his speech, saying “the weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger”.

The US leader is on a two-day visit to South Korea as part of an Asian tour.

Mr Trump began his speech to lawmakers in Seoul by praising the South’s achievements since the Korean War, in contrast to the North’s. He likened it to “a tragic experiment in the laboratory of history”.

He said North Korea was ruled by a “military cult” with the “deranged belief in the leaders’ destiny to rule as parent-protector over a conquered Korean peninsula and an enslaved Korean people.”

He warned Pyongyang that while it may have interpreted past restraint by the US as weakness, there was now a different US administration in place.

Mr Trump also called on the rest of the world – while singling out China and Russia in particular – to exert pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

“The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation. All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea, to deny it any form of support, supply, or acceptance,” he said.

President Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the weapons he’s acquiring are putting his nation in “grave danger.”

Kim has threatened the U.S. and its regional allies, including Japan and South Korea, with multiple weapons tests this year.

Trump recently vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea if its threats continue.

Earlier on Tuesday, US President said North Korea must “make a deal” on abandoning its nuclear weapons, US President Donald Trump said, taking his most conciliatory tone yet with Pyongyang after months of inflammatory threats.

While Trump’s comments on Tuesday from Seoul, South Korea, appeared to be the first offer by the US president for Pyongyang’s leadership to sit down and negotiate, he also highlighted the military build-up in the Asia-Pacific region and his plan to use it “if need be”.

Source: Agencies