United States President has issued further warnings to North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, telling him his weapons “are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger.”
Mr Trump said to South Korean lawmakers on Wednesday Kim Jong Un’s regime has “interpreted America’s past restraint as weakness” claiming it “would be a fatal miscalculation” urging the Pyongyang to stop developing ballistic missiles and dismantle its nuclear program.
“Today, I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilised nations when I say to the North: Do not underestimate us. And do not try us,” Mr Trump said.
“We will defend out common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty.”
“Every step you take down this dark path increase the peril you face.”
Mr Trump is the first U.S. president to address South Korea’s parliament since Bill Clinton in 1993, while on a tour of Asia.
He arrived in Seoul on Tuesday after a two-day stay in Japan and is scheduled to leave for China on Wednesday.
However, officials in Asia’s fourth-largest economy were reportedly anxious about Mr Trumps comments, concerned he could increase tensions.
“We will not permit America, or our allies, to be blackmailed or attacked,” Mr Trump said.
“We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction.”
His remarks come a day after he appeared to tone down is rhetoric that resulted in fears of military conflict across east Asia.
Mr Trump had even offered Pyongyang a diplomatic opening to “make a deal”.
He has not revealed any new approaches to force North Korea to abandon its missile and weapons programmes.
The president’s speech came after his attempt to visit the heavily fortified border separating North and South Korea on Wednesday was abandoned when dense fog prevented his helicopter from landing.
He tried to visit the Demilitarised Zone on the final day of a 24-hour visit to Seoul. He was then due to fly to China, where U.S. officials say he will press a reluctant President Xi Jinping to put further pressure on North Korea.