Trump Warns North Korea Of "Grave Danger" In Rousing Speech

Tyler Durden's picture

President Donald Trump departed for China this morning, the third leg of his 12-day tour of Asia - his first visit to the continent since taking office - but not before delivering a "rousing speech" to South Korean lawmakers where he warned the North not to “underestimate” the US – a sharp change in tone from yesterday, when he encouraged the North to “make a deal” with the US that he said would be in their mutual interest. During his address in Seoul, Trump directed his words at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warning him that “the weapons that you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.” More details on Trump's speech from Reuters:

“This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past,” Mr. Trump said in an address to South Korean lawmakers Wednesday. “Do not underestimate us, and do not try us.”

 

The president called on Mr. Kim to abandon his country’s nuclear-weapons program as he contrasted the successful capitalist economy of South Korea with that of the North, whose economy is many times smaller. Both countries’ output was similar in 1953, when the end of the Korean War left the peninsula divided.

 

“North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned—it is a hell that no person deserves,” Mr. Trump said, referring to North Korea’s founding leader, Kim Il Sung. “We will offer a path to a much better future,” he continued. “It begins with an end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to the development of ballistic missiles and complete, verifiable and total denuclearization.”

Abandoning the conciliatory tone that he briefly adopted on Tuesday, Trump painted a picture of the North as a dystopian hellscape where the state forces couples to get abortions, and where citizens would rather be sold to work as de facto slaves in a foreign country than stay in North Korea.

Using some of his Trump used some of his toughest language yet against North Korea in a wide-ranging address in Seoul that lodged specific accusations of chilling human rights abuses. He called on countries around the world to isolate Pyongyang by denying it “any form of support, supply or acceptance.”

 

“Do not underestimate us and do not try us,” Trump told North Korea as he wrapped up a visit to South Korea with a speech to the National Assembly before heading to Beijing, where he was making his first official visit.

 

Trump painted a dystopian picture of the reclusive North, saying people were suffering in “gulags” and some bribed government officials to work as “slaves” overseas rather than live under the government at home. He offered no evidence to support those accusations.

 

“The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation,” Trump said, speaking as three U.S. aircraft carrier groups sailed to the Western Pacific for exercises - a rare show of such U.S. naval force in the region.

For all its bluster, the speech included a few moments of levity. In true Trump fashion, the president, an avid golfer, also praised the success of the South Korean women who finished in the top four spots at the tournament held earlier this year at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“What you have built is truly an inspiration,” he said.

Going back to North Korea, in his speech, Trump painted a bleak picture of life in North Korea: citizens, he said, bribe government officials to be sold into slavery rather than remain in their own country, and “ethnically inferior” unborn children are aborted, or killed after birth.

That said, Trump, whose strategy has stressed sanctions and military pressure instead of diplomacy, did not spell out any new approach. This is problematic as North Korea has made clear it has little interest in negotiations at least until it develops a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, something U.S. intelligence officials say it may be just months away from achieving.

North Korea is a country ruled by a cult,” Trump concluded his speech which was interrupted several times by applause and ended with a standing ovation.

Trump’s 35-minute address to the South Korean National Assembly was the last major event of his roughly 24 hours in the country. The president departed shortly afterward for China, the third of five countries he plans to visit on his 10-day swing through Asia.

Following the speech, the US and South Korea released a joint statement, pledging "to maintain close consultation, coordination, and cooperation on North Korea policy.

After Trump’s speech ended, the North’s Central News Agency responded with a statement accusing Trump of being a “political heretic” and a “lunatic old man”.

North Korea, meanwhile, said it was entirely Washington’s responsibility to control the situation to avoid a “horrible nuclear disaster and tragic doom.”

 

“The world is undergoing unprecedented throes because of Trump, a notorious political heretic,” state-run newspaper Minju Joson said in a commentary Wednesday, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

 

The U.S. must oust the lunatic old man from power and withdraw the hostile policy towards the DPRK at once in order to get rid of the abyss of doom,” it added, using an abbreviation for the country’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Trump left South Korea Wednesday morning and headed to China, where he and Chinese President Xi Jinping continued their “bromance” that began when Xi visited Mar-a-Lago back in April, where the two world leaders famously bonded over a large slice of chocolate cake. Trump and his counterpart share a mutual admiration that is strengthened by the fact that both Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, are widely loved and respected by the Chinese people. In keeping with Xi’s promise to create a “state-visit-plus” for Trump, the two leaders made small talk as they toured the Forbidden City - which was shut down to tourists - with their wives before taking in a Chinese opera performance. While the sprawling palace complex in the political and cultural heart of Beijing is a regular stop for visiting dignitaries, it is rare for a Chinese leader to act as a personal escort.

During his two-day visit, Trump will ask China to abide by U.N. resolutions and cut financial links with North Korea, a senior White House official said on the plane from Seoul. He also plans to discuss with Xi the long-contentious trade imbalance. The two leaders are set to hold formal talks on Thursday, where the issues of containing North Korea and mitigating the massive Chinese trade surplus with the US are expected to dominate the conversation.

China has long encouraged the US and the North to pursue a diplomatic solution, Trump believes any talks with North Korea would require it to reduce threats, end provocations and move toward denuclearization, and that no deal can be achieved without denuclearization. The Trump administration also suspects that China has been continuing its support for the North despite the stringent UN sanctions that China, which has permanent veto power at the Security Council, voted to approve in September following the North’s latest nuclear test.

Trump, Reuters said, will try to convince Xi to squeeze North Korea further by limiting oil shipments and financial transactions. However, it is not clear if Xi, who has just consolidated his power at a Communist Party congress, will agree to do more. Because as much as the North has become a diplomatic nuisance, China believes it must continue to prop up the regime, or else lose its buffer against US forces in South Korea.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Giant Meteor's picture

Consulting majic 8 ball to see where this figures in ..

Be right Back .

Wait, didn't I just read 5 minutes before this one, that Trump was softening his rhetoric on the NK ?

BaBaBouy's picture

Rattle That Sabre, Donaldo ...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un announces that under no circumstance will he beclown himself by "coming to table" of spastic oaf Donald Trump.

https://twitter.com/DPRK_News/status/927975225010028549

D.T.Barnum's picture

North Korea is a country ruled by a cult,” Trump concluded

wait, so Judaism, Freemasons, Skull n' Bones are not cults and USA is not a country?  I'm confused.

Until fatty kim calls out the ZOG (He went to school for almost a decade in switzerland so I assume he knows some German and English) I have to assume he's part of team red shield, and this is all a military buildup act to keep us plebes scared and poor.

Rubicon's picture

I want to work at North Korea's Central News Agency. Sounds like fun! 

Bush Baby's picture

F Kim , China marches an army in. hangs Kim in the square, installs a puppet regime and rids NK of all nukes.
Not a single shot fired.

Kobe Beef's picture

DPRK would get better ratings if they just played CNN edits of...

"Trump is killing those carp!!! OMFG!" 

#carplivesmatter

Winston Churchill's picture

Stop taking your meds, it looks like DC has.

Schizoid is an understatement.

earleflorida's picture

while he's at,... he should tell all present how well off liby, syria, iraq, yemen, palestine, and  all of africa are today since we freed them from the yoke of oppression!  

No Time for Fishing's picture

You read it but nothing he said indicated it . He said “It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world,”  I don't read this as Trump is proposing appeasing NK, I read it as come agree to do as we say and we won't cut you off completely from the world until you starve to death or bomb you to oblivion. 

falak pema's picture

Haha ! What hype and tripe.

The Duck is a blowhard on this front. Now he says "I'm counting on China and Putin to control Rocketman"...

So... One thing and its opposite keeps the deplorables sheeple happy in NRA's wild west land! 

Some awesome belly dancing that our supreme salesman of the Towering inferno now does in Chinatown ! 

No Time for Fishing's picture

China and Russia are North Korea's source of cash and food; as long as they continue to feed Rocketman we have no option other than military. 

BigWillyStyle887's picture

Is Trump trying to gaslight the north koreans or everyone else? 

Giant Meteor's picture

Well it's like the ole lawyer saw .. throw enough shit on the wall, sooner or later something is bound to stick ..

Although running geopolitical grand strategy based upon that premise may be less then optimal ..

Crazy Or Not's picture

IDK Isn't his Asian arms fair tour is going well so far? (even if it doesn't work)
Perhaps John McCain, Victoria Nuland and Obama should be accountable for their parts in allowing Ukranian missile rockets get to North Korea?

D.T.Barnum's picture

"Is Trump trying to gaslight the north koreans or everyone else? "

yes.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Harvey Weinstein's ex-Mossad agents (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-08/harvey-weinstein-used-undercove...) living in Jared Kushner's "pants" and telling "knee-pads-in-chief" we're running out of both time and liquidity $$$!!!....

AGAIN folks...

THIS was NEVER ABOUT LITTLE KIM "ROCKET MAN"... And ALL ABOUT crushing the life out of what is left of U.S. "AAA" Treasuries (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-24/its-huge-story-china-launching-...)!

lester1's picture

Drop a couple EMPs over North Korea and it's lights out for them. They wouldn't even be able to attack Seoul. 

 

Trump would be called a hero for liberating 25 million North Koreans living as slaves and uniting the two Koreas.

indio007's picture

Damn you are dumb. They already live in the stone age.

D.T.Barnum's picture

Yes, it is our dury to democratize them with jooish bankers, mcdonalds, painkillers, and grade A tranny porn.

Bush Baby's picture

Ha - reminds me of the cartoon printed after we took over Iraq, depicting a square shoulder general announcing at a microphone "We bombed Iraq back to the Stone Age" and in the next cartoon panel you see him get hit in the head by a thrown rock.

Eyes Opened's picture

But that wont sell arms....

Trump pokes the dog... the dog barks & snarls... & Trump sells more big sticks... 

Rinse & Repeat... until the doggy breaks his chain ...

DavidFL's picture

You really believe that BS about EMP weapons - get real. All these "high tech" modern defense systems are never really meant to be used. It is just a means toward fleecing the US taxpayer. The systems won't work - in fact they rarely work under tightly controlled test conditions. Incredible!

FORD_FIESTA's picture

EMP?  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Never gonna happen, anywhere. Stop reading "ONE SECOND AFTER" and step away from the internet, Boy.

Giant Meteor's picture

Yes, yes ! Let's do, let's do open a that of worms  .. Let's be the first !

Hmmm, I recall that being worshipped as a hero thing somewhere before, searching, searching ..

Ah yes there it is !

Fucking neocons , and as we know, the neocons like Honey Badger, don't give a shit WHOSE world they blow up, just as long as it ain't theirs ..

Cardinal Fang's picture

Lol at 'lights out' for NK...

The biggest geopolitical problem the US has had since Curtis Lemay was in charge of SAC is that we can't bomb folks back to the Stone Age if they already live there.

Thus, we develop a reputation as losers and assholes because we can't apply our strengths to our geopolitics.

So we have to rely on CIA subterfuge to accomplish policy goals which, in turn makes us look like bigger losers and assholes.

Do you detect the pattern?

Anarchyteez's picture

You mean lights out in ten countries and economic ruin.

Geez.

Pliskin's picture

Drop a couple EMPs over the U.S. and it's lights out for them. They wouldn't even be able to attack Mexico. 

Kim would be called a hero for liberating 300 million Americans living as debt slaves and bitches to Israel.

An easy fix for ya there!

Give Me Some Truth's picture

If Trump attacks North Korea - it's probably even money that the ensuing war will go nuclear. Yes, America will win this war in a route. Now picture all of the photos (and drone videos) of former cities that are flattened and women and children that are now only black ash.

You think there would be parades for America and Mr. Trump after people examine these photos, and think about the millions of life that ended so horribly? Not to mention the state of the people who actually survive these attacks. The notion that this would enhance the "brand" - respect or esteem of America is asinine.

I don't even think the NYT and the WaPo and all the other "neocon" MSM propaganda operations would be celebrating such an outcome. Some of them, in fact, might (for the first time) say something like "Oh, God. What did we do? Why did we support this? Lord please forgive me."

DavidFL's picture

Tell me that is not a pic of Trump at the Yasukuni shrine; where Tojo and the boys are buried!! Tell me it aint so!!

Albertarocks's picture

That is not a pic of Trump at the Yasukini shrine.  It ain't so.

Except it is.  Trump is showing great diplomatic skills by paying respect to fallen enemies.  I didn't see any Americans getting their shit all in a knot when Japanese Foreign Minister Kono paid the same respect to fallen Americans at Arlington in August.  It's all about putting the past behind us a forging stronger bonds with our "current" friends.  If they happen to have been enemies in the past... get over it.  If we need those same people now as friends we do exactly what Trump and Kono are doing.

http://www.mofa.go.jp/na/st/page4e_000647.html

Giant Meteor's picture

The trouble I see with this "putting the past behind us" is the past to the largest extent possible, is re-written as a pallative for the masses, who never really know accurately "the past." This is so, so that the "future" can be manipulated, to the benefit of those who choose the re-write ..

A legacy of sorts ..

Albertarocks's picture

I couldn't agree more.  I think it's fair to say that 90% of what we've been taught about the past is bullshit anyway, the true facts being horribly distorted.  We can see that paradigm unfolding right before our eyes every day now that false flags are being exposed left, right and center.  90% of the time countries who have been accused of starting wars were not the guilty party.  As Michael Rivero demonstrated, "all wars are bankers' wars".  It's pretty damned hard to argue with him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfEBupAeo4

Cardinal Fang's picture

Or 'their shit in a knot' over Abe at the Arizona ...

https://youtu.be/pqCSIRUkeo0

Pliskin's picture

Did the U.S. ever pay reparations to Japan?  Maybe they should, and while they're at it; Afghanistan, Libya, Syria Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Cuba, Panama...and many others!

How's about THAT for diplomacy, Trump?

Trump is to deplomacy what Podesta is to babysitting!

 

PitBullsRule's picture

Except Japan attacked the US, you ignorant stupid fucking asshole.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

America did not pay reparations to Japan. However, our nation did occupy that nation for years and spent what would be in today's dollars the equivalent of hundreds of billions of dollars to help restore the nation. Could we do that today in North Korea?

And North Korea hasn't attacked/invaded anyone in my lifetime. Really, you have to ask the question, if they have refrained from attacking South Korea or Japan - or America - for 70 years why are they suddenly going to do this now?

Their leaders might be crazy, but they aren't that stupid. They know such attacks/invasions would be the end of their regime and indeed the end of their own lives.

 

 

White Devil's picture

Holy Shitfuck! Why bother trying to convince the masses we need a war with North Korea? Just do what you want, we have no say so either way. Fight a war on reality while you’re at it.

illuminatus's picture

Looks like they're in for some good ole american nation building coming right up.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Re: More patented American "nation-building"

You make a good point. After/If America bombs North Korea further into the stone age, Will it not be our responsibility to write the checks for another Marshall Plan to re-build and re-make that nation in our image?

Can even our printing press print enough dollar digits to pull off that task?

Forget the alleged threat, where's the money to nation-build a nation 8,000 miles from our own going to come from?

Even if we won the "war," we would lose the long-term war, which we are already doing if anyone is paying attention. Our alleged enemies don't have to beat us on the battlefield. 

 

Doom and Dust's picture

the weapons that you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger

Tell that to Gaddafi and Saddam - o wait you can't because they're DEAD you treacherous lying jew puppet president of a failed state.

 

 

shovelhead's picture

Trump pissing in the Kimchee

Fahq Yuhaad's picture

North Korea is what we need to keep the MIC profits gushing.

Davidduke2000's picture

trump is a big barking dog. he will eventually leave the peninsula with his tail between his legs. 

FreeShitter's picture

Meanwhile war is bullish and XOM loves 70+/bbl.

pliny the longer's picture

xom puts are going to help fund son's college.  not entirely, but help.  been selling the F out of xom puts for awhile now, not as confident now but not out of it either 

A. Boaty's picture

The rhetoric no longer has much importance as NK found a face saving way (tired mountain) to stop testing nukes.

Davidduke2000's picture

NK had enough testing, now working to better the delivery system.

medium giraffe's picture

The Norks are as dangerous as a band of 2' tall pygmy pensioners armed with dry grass.