Trump Zeroes in on Iran's Threats

31 January, 2018, 10:49 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Trump Zeroes in on Iran's Threats

"Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia", Trump said during his speech.

President Donald Trump warned North Korea's "reckless pursuit" of nuclear weapons could "soon threaten" the US mainland during his first State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. Ji, who crossed the border to China in 2006 and now lives in Seoul, was introduced by Trump and waved his crutches to rapturous applause-Ji lost a hand and a foot during the North Korean starvation of the early 1990s and now has a new leg. Trump pointed out that Ji still keeps his crutches "as a reminder of how far [he has] come". "Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto's memory with total American resolve". Current US sanctions on North Korea prohibit airplanes from landing on American territories within 180 days of taking off from North Korea. South Korea held discussions with the United States until the last minute to ensure the trip wouldn't violate US sanctions against the North.

The retired General then went on to explain why it is perhaps likely North Korea will jeopardise its "goodwill" negotiation tactic.

The family put a dramatic personal face on the threat posed by North Korea, which has raced to build a nuclear weapon that could be delivered to USA shores as soon as this year.

Embracing a notably more sober tone than he previously has on the North Korean crisis, the president asserted during his first State of the Union address that "past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation" from Pyongyang. "I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this unsafe position".

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Fred and Cindy Warmbier are acknowledged during the State of the Union on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.

China must strengthen its nuclear deterrence and counter-strike capabilities to keep pace with the developing nuclear strategies of the United States and Russian Federation, the official paper of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said on Tuesday. He also steered clear of delving into is policy plans for confronting Russian Federation on the world stage, avoiding any mention of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 USA elections.

The article highlighted the military drills held by the USA and South Korea as largely responsible for escalating tension.

"Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all", Trump concluded.

The personalized remarks were a high-point of Mr. Trump's comments relating to foreign policy and national security.

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Washington issues an annual human rights report which consistently ranks the North among the world's worst offenders, but Pyongyang's document focuses exclusively on the US.

"No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea", the president said.

To highlight the brutality and depravity of North Korea, Trump put victims of the Kim regime in the spotlight.

Trump at times has appeared to undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's months-long effort to set terms for negotiations with North Korea, tweeting that talks are a "waste of time".

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