“President Trump wrapped up his visit to South Korea with a speech square in the tradition of President Ronald Reagan.
What made this a landmark speech is that Trump explained, vividly and in detail, why the internal depravities of the North Korean regime are intimately entwined with its nuclear program and its threats to South Korea and the rest of the Free World.”
"In 2005, after years of diplomacy, the dictatorship agreed to ultimately abandon its nuclear programs and return to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation. But it never did. And worse, it tested the very weapons it said it was going to give up. In 2009, the United States gave negotiations yet another chance, and offered North Korea the open hand of engagement. The regime responded by sinking a South Korean Navy ship, killing 46 Korean sailors. To this day, it continues to launch missiles over the sovereign territory of Japan and all other neighbors, test nuclear devices, and develop ICBMs to threaten the United States itself. The regime has interpreted Americas past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation. This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past.
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. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty.
We did not choose to draw here, on this peninsula — (applause) — this magnificent peninsula — the thin line of civilization that runs around the world and down through time. But here it was drawn, and here it remains to this day. It is the line between peace and war, between decency and depravity, between law and tyranny, between hope and total despair. It is a line that has been drawn many times, in many places, throughout history. To hold that line is a choice free nations have always had to make. We have learned together the high cost of weakness and the high stakes of its defense.
America’s men and women in uniform have given their lives in the fight against Nazism, imperialism, Communism and terrorism.
America does not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will never run from it. History is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested Americas resolve.
Anyone who doubts the strength or determination of the United States should look to our past, and you will doubt it no longer. We will not permit America or our allies to be blackmailed or attacked. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated. And we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here, on this ground, we fought and died so hard to secure. (Applause.)
That is why I have come here, to the heart of a free and flourishing Korea, with a message for the peace-loving nations of the world: The time for excuses is over. Now is the time for strength. If you want peace, you must stand strong at all times. (Applause.) The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation.
All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea — to deny it and any form — any form of it. You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept. We call on every nation, including China and Russia, to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime, and sever all ties of trade and technology.
It is our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together — because the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows, and the fewer the options become. (Applause.) And to those nations that choose to ignore this threat, or, worse still, to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience.
I also have come here to this peninsula to deliver a message directly to the leader of the North Korean dictatorship: The weapons 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.
North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves. Yet, despite every crime you have committed against God and man, you are ready to offer, and we will do that — we will offer a path to a much better future. It begins with an end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles, and complete, verifiable, and total denuclearization. (Applause.)
A sky-top view of this peninsula shows a nation of dazzling light in the South and a mass of impenetrable darkness in the North. We seek a future of light, prosperity, and peace. But we are only prepared to discuss this brighter path for North Korea if its leaders cease their threats and dismantle their nuclear program.
The sinister regime of North Korea is right about only one thing: The Korean people do have a glorious destiny, but they could not be more wrong about what that destiny looks like. The destiny of the Korean people is not to suffer in the bondage of oppression, but to thrive in the glory of freedom. (Applause.)
What South Koreans have achieved on this peninsula is more than a victory for your nation. It is a victory for every nation that believes in the human spirit. And it is our hope that, someday soon, all of your brothers and sisters of the North will be able to enjoy the fullest of life intended by God."
~ Full Transcript @ The Last Refuge
BY CLAUDIA ROSETT NOVEMBER 8, 2017
After a series of feckless and failed U.S. led nuclear deals with North Korea stretching back more than two decades, topped off by the "strategic patience" with which Obama shrugged off a literally soaring nuclear threat, Trump just lit up the landscape by telling it like it really is.
That's a vital move in the direction of finding a solution to the ticking bomb that is North Korea.
As Trump summed it up:
North Korea is a country ruled by a cult. At the center of this military cult is a deranged belief in the leader's destiny to rule as parent-protector over a conquered peninsula and an enslaved Korean people.
He then laid out before South Korea's Assembly exactly why North Korea's regime regards their thriving, democratic nation as a threat:
The more successful South Korea becomes, the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the North Korean regime. In this way, the very existence of a thriving South Korean republic threatens the very survival of the North Korean dictatorship.
Contrasting, in yet more detail, the freedom and prosperity of South Korea with the misery and destitution of North Korea, Trump listed some of North Korea's hundreds of attacks over the decades on Americans and South Koreans, noting: "All the while, the regime has pursued nuclear weapons with the deluded hope that it could blackmail its way to the ultimate objective." That objective, as his speech makes clear, entails eliminating the free Korean republic in the South, and enslaving the entire Korean peninsula. That would complete the takeover attempted by the surprise military invasion by the North in 1950, under Kim Jong Un's grandfather, founding tyrant Kim Il Sung.
Trump stressed that America will not let that happen, and warned North Korea not to underestimate the United States or his administration -- which he said is "very different" from those before. He said that for North Korea to interpret past U.S. restraint as "weakness" would be a "fatal miscalculation." Underscoring a creed of "peace through strength," he pointed out the presence near the Korean peninsula of American nuclear submarines, and "the three largest aircraft carriers in the world, loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets."
He offered North Korea a "path to a better future" if the regime will end its agression and give up its nuclear missile program. But -- and this is vital to any remote possibility of deterring Kim -- he did not rule out war:
America does not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will never run from it. History is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested America's resolve.
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