President Donald Trump is making strong overtures about the North Korean regime and plans on using this trip to drum up more support for his policies toward the government of Kim Jong Un, to stop them from gaining nuclear weapons. On Sunday he said that “no one, no dictator, no regime… should underestimate American resolve.”
Trump is in the middle of a five-stop trip and he told U.S. military personnel at Yokota Air Base in Japan, “Together with our allies, America’s warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities.” He said that “every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it? It was not pleasant.”
Trump added, “History has proven over and over that the road of the tyrant is a steady march toward poverty, suffering, and servitude. But the path of strong nations and free people, certain of their values and confident in their futures, is a proven path toward prosperity and peace. We cherish our cultures, we embrace our values, and we always fight for what we believe in.”
A senior administration official traveling with Trump said that much of his talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and others leaders throughout the 13-day trip will center on thwarting Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
“The president’s strategy — and this strategy is in complete alignment with our allies, South Korea and Japan, and, increasingly, the entire world — is to maximize pressure,” the official said. “It is a diplomatic and economic campaign to maximize pressure on North Korea, to show — really to convince the leadership in North Korea that the one way out for them is to start reducing the threat and to move toward denuclearization.”
Trump went out of his way to compliment the people of North Korea, a not-so-subtle attempt to sow the seeds of discontent among the North Koreans. But the average North Korean probably will never hear or see those words he spoke.
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