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In a particularly harsh speech, he once again defended the display of strength carried out by his country in the region with the deployment of important military assets. He said he wants “peace through force”.
US President Donald Trump urged the North Korean regime not to underestimate or “test” the governments of Washington and Seoul and the international community during his speech to the South Korean Parliament.
“I speak on behalf not only of our countries, but of all civilized nations when I say to the North: do not underestimate us or put us to the test, we will defend our common security, shared prosperity and sacred freedom,” Trump said in a speech before the National Assembly (Parliament) in Seoul.
In a particularly harsh speech, Trump again defended the display of strength made by his country in the region with the deployment of important military assets and said he wants “peace through force.”
The US president also sent a very direct message to Russia and China, whose governments called for “fully implement the resolutions of the UN Security Council (against North Korea), to reduce diplomatic relations with the regime and cut all ties of commercial and technological supply “.
“It is our responsibility and our duty to face this danger together, because the longer we wait, the danger will get bigger and the options will be reduced,” he added.
Suspend trip to demilitarized zone
He had previously suspended a visit to the tense demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas due to bad weather. The president’s convoy took off from the central Yongsan headquarters in Seoul, near the hotel where Trump is staying, but had to return to the base within a few minutes due to bad weather conditions, according to the White House.
Washington had publicly said it ruled out a visit to the DMZ during Trump’s trip to South Korea, part of an Asian tour marked by North Korea’s arms challenge.
Former US presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, did visit the buffer zone between the two feuding countries to underscore their solidarity with South Korea and give a signal to North Korea.
A spokeswoman for the White House explained that South Korean President Moon Jae-in had planned to meet with Trump in the DMZ in what she said would have been a “historic moment”, given that never before the heads of state of the two countries They have visited together the tense border with North.
The ill-fated plan “shows the strength and importance of the alliance between both countries,” he said.
The DMZ is a strip of four kilometers wide plagued by mines that crosses the border between the two Koreas – technically still at war for more than 65 years – and the only point where troops from North and South come face to face.