At the start of a 12-day trip through Asia to confront North Korea, President Trump told U.S. service members in Japan on Sunday that “no dictator” should underestimate America’s military power and determination.
The president also said he expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during this trip to seek his help with North Korea.
Meeting with U.S. troops at Yokata Air Base in Japan on the first full day of his Asia visit, Mr. Trump referred to the diplomatic and security challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
“Together with our allies, America’s warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities,” Mr. Trump said. “No one — no dictator, no regime, and no nation should underestimate, ever, American resolve.”
In an apparent reference to World War II, Mr. Trump said enemies have made the mistake of underestimating the U.S. “every once in a while in the past.”
“It was not pleasant for them, was it?” he said to applause. “We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom and our great American flag.” Mr. Trump told reporters on Air Force One that North Korea will be “a big subject” during his talks with leaders in Japan, South Korea and China.
“We want to get it solved,” he said. “It’s a big problem for our country and for the world, and we want to get it solved. And there’s been 25 years of total weakness, and so we’re taking a very much different approach.”
He said the North Korean people themselves are “great people.”
“They’re industrious,” Mr. Trump said. “They’re warm, much warmer than the world really knows or understands. And I hope it all works out for everybody. It will be a wonderful thing if we can work out for those great people, and for everybody.”
On Mr. Trump’s fourth stop of the trip, in Vietnam, he said he will likely meet with Mr. Putin.
“We want Putin’s help on North Korea, and we’ll be meeting with a lot of different leaders,” he said. Source (Washington Time)