Washington Times on November 7, 2017 reported on President Ronald Trump’s speech delivered to South Korea’s National Assembly during his visit to the country. Excerpts below:

President Trump called on North Korea to begin dismantling its nuclear weapons and missiles as a precondition for talks, and warned Pyongyang not to test the resolve of the U.S. and its allies in the nuclear standoff.

And the president issued a blunt warning to Mr. Kim.

“The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer,” Mr. Trump said. “They are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”

…Mr. Trump recited a long list of the communist regime’s crimes against its own citizens, including forced labor, torture, forced abortions and religious persecution. Then he offered the regime “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,” Mr. Trump said. “We are only prepared to discuss this brighter path for North Korea if its leaders cease their threats and dismantle their nuclear program.”

…North Korea has [for years] been taking advantage of weak U.S. administrations that allowed Pyongyang to evade international restrictions on its weapons programs, and kept developing nuclear devices and missiles.

“I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations, when I say to the North: Do not underestimate us,” Mr. Trump said. “And do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty.”

He said his administration “will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction.”

Much of Mr. Trump’s speech was devoted to highlighting the stark differences between life in North and South Korea since the armistice was signed in the Korean War in 1953. He said the democratic South has flourished, while the communist North has retreated into a wasteland of seclusion, misery and depravation.

China is considered North Korea’s main patron, and has resisted most U.S. efforts in the past to stop the regime’s aggression. Mr. Trump departed for China shortly after the speech for meetings with President Xi Jinping on the North Korea threat and trade talks.

Noting that American and South Korean soldiers fought together in the Korean War, Mr. Trump said in Seoul, “The Korean miracle extends exactly as far as the armies of free nations advanced in 1953 — 25 miles to our north. There it stops. The flourishing ends and the prison state of North Korea sadly begins.”

He said the South experienced “miraculous” growth after the devastating war. And he said South Korea’s democratic success is a lesson for the world when compared with North Korea’s autocratic communist rule.

“The more successful South Korea becomes, the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the Kim regime,” Mr. Trump said.

Comment: As President Trump visited South Korea newspapers there reported that 21 defectors had told of a nuclear disaster in North Korea. They had lived near the nuclear test site where six nuclear tests had been conducted. Babies were said to be born with birth defects.

Furthermore drinking water had streamed down from Mount Montap, where underground tests were said to take place. No warnings were provided to the residents nearby.

I saw corpses, said one defector, floating down the river with severed limbs. About 80 percent of trees that were planted on the mountains died off.

If you plant trees in the mountains there, 80 percent of them die. You can blame it on poor planting, but the number of trees that die is higher than in other mountains, a defector said. Kim Jong Un’s regime made sure local residents were not able to tell their stories.

People who boarded trains to the border with samples of soil, water and leaves from Kilju County were arrested and sent to prison camps, another defector said.

Japanese Asahi TV, citing a North Korean source, has stated that hundreds were trapped and killed while doing underground construction on the tunnel last month. Scientists believe the site was destabilized after the sixth nuclear test on September 3, 2017.

Radiation leaking and drifting across the Sea of Japan and to the Japanese islands has also been a concern.


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