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Trump in South Korea


Nov 14, 2017

On his recent trip to South Korea, President Donald Trump and President Moon Jae-in discussed joint efforts to confront the grave threat posed by North Korea's illegal nuclear weapons and missile programs.

President Trump said, “We cannot allow North Korea to threaten all that we have built. . . .Our alliance is more important than ever to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and across the Indo-Pacific region.”

North Korea's sixth test of a nuclear weapon and its missile launches are threats not only to the people of South Korea but to people all across the globe. “We will together confront North Korea's actions and prevent the North Korean dictator from threatening millions of innocent lives,” said President Trump.

President Donald Trump, left, speaks as South Korean President Moon Jae-in looks on during a joint news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
President Donald Trump, left, speaks as South Korean President Moon Jae-in looks on during a joint news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

The President called on “every responsible nation, including China and Russia, to demand that the North Korean regime end its nuclear weapons and its missile programs, and live in peace.”

All nations must implement U.N. Security Council resolutions and cease trade and business entirely with North Korea, said President Trump. “It is unacceptable that nations would help to arm and finance this increasingly dangerous regime.”

As both countries work together to resolve this problem using all available tools short of military action, the United States stands prepared to defend itself and its allies using the full range of its unmatched military capabilities.

President Trump observed that “In the more than six decades since we signed our mutual defense treaty, our alliance has grown stronger and deeper. Our two nations symbolize what independent countries can accomplish when they serve the interests of their people, respect the sovereignty of their neighbors, and uphold the rule of law.”

The possibilities are amazing, said President Trump “for a Korean Peninsula liberated from the threat of nuclear weapons, where all Koreans could enjoy the blessings of liberty and the prosperity that you have achieved right here in South Korea.”

“Together,” said President Trump, “our two nations will handle threats to peace and security, stand up to those who would threaten our freedom, and boldly seize the incredible opportunities for a better, brighter, and more prosperous tomorrow.”

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