Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

'Trump to Decide on N. Korea Terror List After Asia Trip'

'Trump to Decide on N. Korea Terror List After Asia Trip'

President Donald Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan on Sunday, saying that the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and that "no dictator" should underestimate U.S. resolve.

"Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us".

But the United States shouldn't rush to the negotiating table, Thae said. "And of course China is doing much more than it's ever done in the past", the official said.

Using some of his strongest language against North Korea yet, Donald Trump told the hermit state he would "not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction". Most Korea-watchers believe that last item is a non-starter. It involves reaching out to the general populace of North Korea in sympathy and supporting their internal unseating of Kim Jong Un - one individual.

The president recalled past efforts by the U.S.to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programs, including the Clinton administration's 1994 Agreed Framework and the 2005 "six-party" talks denuclearization agreement during the Bush administration - both violated by North Korea. He added that the USA leader does not want to openly "confront" Beijing.

Trump noted that at the start of the Korean war in 1950, the two halves of the country had approximately the same GDP per capita. "It wasn't over the top, it wasn't beyond the edge".

The U.S. leader had mocked Kim Jong-un by calling him "Little Rocket Man".

That may have not gone over well in the National Assembly chambers, where many politicians are concerned about the potential of a catastrophic conflict. It's not like you can really make things worse on the Korean Peninsula at this point. "I think the Korean people will appreciate that too", said Mount.


President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there had been progress on resolving the North Korea nuclear crisis and called on Pyongyang to "make a deal".

Seoul has much warmer relations with Beijing, but at the same time it is nearly fully dependent on the "US military umbrella" in the view of the threat from the North, which the South regards as an "existential" one.

In his maiden address to the UN General Assembly he threatened to "totally destroy" the North if it attacked the United States or its allies.

Earlier in the day, Trump stressed in his parliamentary speech that all responsible nations including China and Russian Federation should fully implement U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang and sever ties with the North. "It is a hell that no person deserves".

"You don't go so overboard in insulting and attacking your adversary if you want to get into some kind of negotiation", said John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Relations. "It's another to spend the majority of the speech detailing the brutality of the North Korean state", Delury told CNN on the phone from Seoul after attending the speech. "Secondly, he is visiting South Korea, [so] hopefully he's going to form a [US]-Japanese-South Korean kind of alliance against China".

In the midst of the President's trip to Asia, a amusing thing happened on the way to Seoul.

China's fuel exports to North Korea fell in August, along with iron ore imports from the isolated nation, as trade slowed after the latest UN sanctions, but coal shipments resumed after a five-month hiatus. "Today I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations, when I say to the North: 'Do not underestimate us, and do not try us'".

"The Chinese are going to be hard-pressed to do that". The second phase aimed at resolving the issues between Pyongyang and Washington would envisage singing a formal non-aggression pact between North Korea and the U.S., coupled with de-escalation on both sides.

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