Trump Calls N. Korea 'Hell,' Brings Up Kim's Grandfather
'Do not try us,' he warns country's leader
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2017 3:01 AM CST
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President Trump delivers a speech at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
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(Newser) – President Trump refrained from calling Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" in a blistering speech to South Korean lawmakers Wednesday, but he was otherwise unsparing in his denunciation of the North Korean regime. "Do not underestimate us. Do not try us," he warned Kim, directly addressing the North Korean leader and urging him to scrap his nuclear weapons program. "They are putting your regime in grave danger," Trump said, per the BBC. "Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face." Trump also, however, repeated his Tuesday suggestion that a deal is still possible, saying there's a "path to a better future," despite "every crime" Kim has committed.

"North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned," Trump said. "It is a hell that no person deserves." He urged other countries—including China, which he departed for after the speech at South Korea's parliament—to join efforts to stop Pyongyang. He said if North Korea makes good on threats to strike the US and its allies, it would be a "fatal miscalculation." "This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past," Trump said. There was a heavy police presence as South Koreans gathered outside the parliament building, though CNN reports that Trump supporters outnumbered opponents. (Trump's surprise visit to the DMZ had to be called off.)

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