While hosting the White House Easter egg hunt on Monday, President Trump was asked by a reporter if he had a message for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un over his continuous threats of war against the US and its allies.
“Any message for North Korea, sir, Kim Jong-Un?” the reporter asked.
Responding to the reporter’s question with a nod, Trump said, “Just behave.”
On Monday, the North Korean Deputy Ambassador to United Nations, Kim In Ryong, issued a warning, saying that relations between North Korea and its detractors had seriously deteriorated. He called it “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any minute.”
Over the weekend, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence visited South Korea to show support for the US ally.
“We’re going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience,” Pence said in an interview at the demilitarized zone between the two nations. “But we’re going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably.”
North Korea claimed that the repositioning of the US Navy strike group to the Korean Peninsula was an act of undue provocation by the US. The strike group, led by aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, is repositioning itself in the Korean region to add pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear program. North Korea, in response, announced that it was ready for “any mode of war desired by the U.S.”
During his presidential election campaign, Trump repeatedly said that he would pressure China to restrict North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. He also recently admitted to conceding to trade compromises with China in return for their help with the “Hermit Kingdom.”
Earlier, Trump also suggested that he wouldn’t shy away from dealing with North Korea unilaterally, without China’s help.
“China has great influence over North Korea,” he said. “And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”
North Korea recently attempted its sixth nuclear weapons test which failed “almost immediately,” causing serious embarrassment for the Kim Jong-Un’s regime.