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What Trump said (and didn’t say) in his speech to South Korea

8th November 2017 - Quoted by Erica R. Hendry - PBS

President Donald Trump issued another strong warning for North Korea during his speech to South Korea’s national assembly Wednesday: “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.”

“America does not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will never run from it,” Trump said.


Unlike previous speeches, there was “no name calling or over-the-top rhetoric — just a clear description of the consequences if North Korea initiates a military attack,” said Anthony Ruggiero, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. This approach — long advocated by other world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel — will make it easier for the U.S. to build a global coalition to isolate Pyongyang, Ruggiero said.


But it was especially a message for China. “This is another message to China that Washington will not accept its flawed ‘freeze for freeze’ approach,” and instead insist that North Korea head toward denuclearization. It also sends a message to President Xi that Trump plans to address the issue during his visit there this week, Ruggiero said.


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