Speaking from the White House Friday alongside, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump said the United States has ran out of patience with North Korea.
“Together, we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea. The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response,” Trump stated.
“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed — many years it has failed — and, frankly, that patience is over,” he added.
“We’re working closely with South Korea and Japan, as well as partners around the world on a range of diplomatic security and economic measures, to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as North Korea. The United States calls on other regional powers and all responsible nations to join us in implementing sanctions and demanding that the North Korean regime choose a better path, and do it quickly, and a different future for its long-suffering people,” Trump said.
He stressed that our goal is peace, but the United States will always defend itself, and will “always defend our allies.”
Later Friday afternoon, Trump posted a message on his Twitter page, with a video clip from his speech, and tweeted, “The era of strategic patience with the North Korea regime has failed. That patience is over. We are working closely with…”
The era of strategic patience with the North Korea regime has failed. That patience is over. We are working closely with…. pic.twitter.com/nCZ51HnIdx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
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