President Trump and South Korean Leader Moon Jae-in spoke to the press this morning about their plans to combat the North Korean regime.
This meeting comes shortly after the untimely death of Otto Warmbier, who was held as a North Korean prisoner for the past year. He was returned to the United States in a coma, and doctors indicated that he was in a “state of unresponsive wakefulness.” He died June 19 at the age of 20.
In his speech this morning, Trump asserted that “patience is over” because North Korea “has no respect for human life” which has been “proven over and over again.”
“Together, we are facing the threat of the reckless brutal regime of North Korea,” he said. “We are working closely with South Korea and Japan… [to implement] a range of diplomatic security… economic measures… to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as North Korea.”
Moon and Trump went on to express their condolences over the wrongful death of Otto Warmbier.
“Only strong security can bring about genuine peace,” Moon said. “Including extended deterrence.”
Both leaders decried the extensive human rights violations conducted by the North Korean government, and declared authoritatively that their nuclear ballistic program must be put to an end.
“The nuclear ballistic program… require[s] a determined response,” stated President Trump.
Moon echoed similar sentiments, and emphasized that “the gravest challenge [is] the nuclear threat presented by North Korea.”
The two leaders have “placed top priority” on tackling this issue. Sanctions will be levied onto North Korea in the meantime. Trump encouraged other countries to follow in his footsteps, and demand “that the North Korean regime choose a better path and [to] do it quickly.”
“Our goal is peace,” he said. “Stability and prosperity for the region. But the United States will defend itself… always. And we will always defend our allies.”
As for trade and an open market, President Moon will “work to create a level playing field so that American workers and businesses… automakers can have a fair shake at dealing with South Korea.” The leaders gave every impression that this is just the beginning of a fruitful diplomatic relationship that will strengthen both countries.
“[I] invited President Trump to visit South Korea this year and he graciously accepted by offer,” Moon shared with the press. “Once again [this] demonstrates not only our friendship, but the intimate bond our people have come to foster through thick and thin… [this will be] another milestone in defining our partnership.”