As the North Korean government continues its ridiculous international provocation, U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that the world has had enough.
After meeting with U.S. ally and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House today, Trump’s already rigid stance on the misbehavior of Kim Jong Un and company took a decidedly harsher tone, with the Commander in Chief reiterating the stance of his national security team that North Korea has had every possible chance to redeem themselves on the world stage. The U.S. President’s patience with China has seemingly taken a hit as well this week, as new sanctions have been imposed on the Asian superpower due to their inability to reign in the despotic DPRK.
Trump, who has never been one to mince words, emphatically stated that the time for posturing is over, and that the next steps in the U.S. – North Korea drama would be dictated by the necessity to defend the United States.
“President Trump said Friday that the ‘era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed,’ as he met with South Korea’s president in Washington to discuss the nuclear weapons threat from Pyongyang and other top issues.
“’Frankly, that patience is over,’ he said, citing the death of American student Otto Warmbier as an example of the brutality of the North Korean regime.
“’The United States will defend itself, always will defend itself’ and its allies, Trump said.
“Trump welcomed South Korean President Moon Jae-in for formal talks at the White House a day after they met over dinner. As well as concerns over North Korea’s technological progress toward a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental U.S., Trump is pushing for a narrowing of the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea.
“Since his 2016 election campaign, Trump has been critical of a 2012 bilateral free trade agreement and barriers to U.S. auto exports. South Korea had trade surplus of $17 billion with the U.S. last year when including both goods and services.”
North Korea’s ridiculous and reclusive behavior in international relations is merely the tip of the iceberg as it pertains to the sins of the rogue nation.
Kim Jong Un has repeatedly called for the annihilation of America, something he has vowed to achieve through the use of thermonuclear weapons. At this time, there is no consensus as to exactly how advanced North Korea’s atomic arsenal truly is, but it is known that nuclear tests have been occurring in the nation for the past decade. Should the dictatorship develop the means to deliver even a crude nuclear payload to South Korea or Japan, the devastation would be horrific, and certainly would prompt an international response.
Furthermore, the continued abuse of citizens and political prisoners, such as Otto Warmbier, in the nation’s Holocaust-style concentration camps has had human rights groups ready to pounce on the totalitarian regime for decades.