President Donald Trump said that the United States was demonstrating “unparalleled strength” in response to the hostile actions of the North Korean regime.
Trump visited a military base in South Korea, commenting that the United States sent three aircraft carriers and a nuclear submarine in response to North Korea’s missile launches.
“We have many things happening that we hope — in fact, I’ll go a step further, we hope to God we never have to use,” he said during a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Both leaders said that a diplomatic approach and economic sanctions would continue. Trump said he had seen “certain movement” in North Korea, but that he didn’t want to discuss any details about negotiations with the dictatorship.
“I think you know me well enough to know that I don’t like talking about whether I see success or not in a case such as this,” Trump told reporters. “We like to play our cards a little bit close to the vest.”
He said that South Korea would purchase “billions” more military equipment from the United States to help them defend their country should North Korea attack.
Moon said that he agreed with Trump’s approach, calling the United States commitment to defend South Korea “ironclad,” via an interpreter.
“Against escalating nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, we reaffirmed our principle that we must maintain a strong stance toward North Korean threats based on overwhelming superiority of power,” Moon said.