President Trump told reporters this week that he is losing patience with North Korea.
“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed — many years and it’s failed — and frankly that patience is over,” he said during an appearance with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House’s Rose Garden.
Trump cited North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program and the death of American student Otto Warmbier as reasons for his concern.
Warmbier was imprisoned for allegedly stealing a North Korean propaganda poster from a hotel and was sent back to the U.S. in a coma. He died in mid-June.
“We are working closely with South Korea and Japan on a range of diplomatic security and economic measures to protect our allies and our citizens from this menace known as North Korea,” Trump said.
But Trump also said “we have many options.”
“The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response,” he said. “The North Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people, or its neighbors, and has no respect for human life, and that’s been proven over and over again.”
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