SEOUL, South Korea - U.S. President Donald Trump, who is in South Korea as part of a 13-day Asia trip, warned North Korea that he was ready to use full wrath of U.S. military power against it to stop any attack.
However, striking a rarely used conciliatory note, he also urged Pyongyang to make a deal to end the nuclear standoff.
Trump said at a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae In that while “we hope to God” not to have to resort to the use of full U.S. military might, he was ready to do whatever was necessary to prevent the “North Korean dictator” from threatening millions of lives.
Trump added, “We cannot allow North Korea to threaten all that we have built.”
However, Trump, unlike on previous instances, took a more conciliatory tone and urged North Korea to “do the right thing.”
He added, “I do see some movement,” without elaborating.
Trump said, “It really makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal. That's good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world.”
Addressing the South Korea's National Assembly in Seoul, Trump also added, “The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face."
He directly addressed Kim Jong Un and said, “North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves. This a very different administration than the United States has had in the past. Do not underestimate us. And do not try us."
On previous occasions, Trump has dismissed diplomatic efforts with Pyongyang as a “waste of time.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has also on several occasions made it clear that he does not want any negotiations with the U.S.
During the visit to Seoul, Trump also called on Russia and China to come forward to help pressuring North Korea into backing away from their nuclear programme.
He said, “If we get China, we get Russia. We think that things will happen and they could happen very quickly.”
Trump also took a dig at China for trading with North Korea.
He said, “It is unacceptable that nations would help to arm and finance this increasingly dangerous regime.”
Trump, using North Korea as a threat, tried to sell more U.S. weapons too, during his visit to the troubled Korean peninsula.
He said, “We make the greatest military equipment in the world... and South Korea will be ordering billions of dollars of that equipment, which frankly for them makes a lot of sense.”