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korea. not to mention, as i said earlier, it would be instructive for him. >> i was there earlier with vice president pence and you could see that kind of recognition in him no question. you mentioned that the president was more conciliatory in his tone earlier today. the question, though, is whether or not he will be that way in terms of policy. he said we're making a lot of progress. what do you think he meant? >> i don't know what it means. i thought it was very intriguing. unless there's something going on in the background, perhaps with the chinese, all of which is a good thing. so i think both tone and content are going to be really important in this speech. >> if you're just joining us, we're waiting for president trump to deliver an address before the south korean assembly. it is an important speech, obviously, right across the demilitarized zone, kim jong-un will be watching and listening. general clapper, one of the things that our reporter will ripley who was in north korea
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right now says the nurmg one thing the north koreans are going to be looking for is an announcement from president trump about whether or not he's going to put north korea back on the list of state sponsors of terror. that country was originally on the list. george w. bush and that administration took him off in 2008 as part of the deal they were working on as a diplomatic gesture. what decision do you think president trump should make? >> frankly, i personally don't think he shouldn't dolgt. i don't see the intrinsic gain by putting him back on the terrorist list. we're not going to treat him differently with all the sanctions we've imposed on him, and it's more symbolic and a negative message to the north koreans. if on the one hand he is reaching out, let's make a deal, i wouldn't do that. i'd hold that back as a stick, but not do it right now. >> you have made very clear that
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you don't believe that the north koreans will ever give up their nuclear ambitions. and the question is, when you hear the president like he said today say hefrpz north korea will come to the table, come to the table to what end? if it is true that their whole reason for existence is their nuclear capability? >> what i suggested is not to hold did her nuclearization as a precursor to negotiations. they're not going to do that. and the more of this threatening rhetoric, what that does is heighten their paranoia is make them cling to their beliefs even more. i would accept , that try to stop the tests and then enter into some dialogue with them. i did not find unreasonable
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their demand to me when i was there for entering into negotiations for a peace treaty because all we have is a cease fire. everyone stopped shooting in 1953. what they see is a very formidable, overwhelmingly formidable force when they're sitting in pyongyang looking south which they think is on a hair trigger to stwrinvade the north. >> i want to share video right now. they just removed a protester from the south korean assembly. let's show that video if we can. as we watch this video, i'm going to throw it back to anderson cooper. >> we're waiting for the president's speech there in south korea. as we mentioned earlier, the president did tweet about the race in the commonwealth of
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virginia, essentially saying ed gillespie, i don't want to put words in his mouth, that he worked hard but did not embrace me or what i stand for. with the economy doing record numbers we will continue to win even bigger than before. >> you're getting more information about some other seats in the commonwealth? >> the house of delegates is getting competitive here. democrats have flipped somewhere between eight and 11 seats so far. they need to get 17 to win control. we're going to be tracking these state legislative races all night. just think of what's happening here, anderson. democrats have swept all three of the state-wide elections in virginia today. the democrats are on the hunt and closing in on potentially flipping the house of delegates. it evokes a little bit of what we saw in 2005 after president bush was leaked and the state senate in virginia that sort of
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fore shadow the story of 2006 swept, you know it well, senator. swept to control in both the senate and the house. so it is this kind of -- you just look, anderson. 41% of the elect rat identified themselves at democratic. this story is about an energized democratic party showing up to make their voices heard. >> you're seeing jared kushner there. >> i think we should start look at what's happening elsewhere. for example, in maine there's a reformed whether medicaid should be expanded there. the governor page has refused to do that. right now it looks like voters are going to overturn his victor on this. there was a democratic mayor
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elected, manchester, since 2005. you're seeing these happen across the country. i've seen both sides of these of any kind things, but in 2009, you could feel in 2010 it was going to be a long night for democrats. for republicans, they need to contemplate how do you deal with embracing trump? it's hard to run from a president of our own party. a lot of these races that are coming up, that are swing districts, for example, in the u.s. house are in suburban areas like the ones we've seen go democratic tonight. >> the notion of running on policies of the president but not embracing the man himself, given what happened to dpleps gillespie is that something we'll be seeing more of? >> anderson, to address david's point, in the midterms congress
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needs to do something. to go to senator santorum's earlier point, tax reform may stall. we have december 9th rapidly approaching where there could be a government shutdown, maybe not, you have daca. there's a precipitous cliff coming up on december 9th that has to be dealt with. not too many days on the legislative calendar. a long time ago in this town they used to go regular order, pass bills, things got done. what you see in america is a lot of people frustrated with the inability of the government to function. >> you referenced 2006. and i just want to ask you to this point that day-to-day was just making, hourls you make the calculation about an unpopular president bush at the time? you were running in a blue state. was it a daily calculation how to run away? how did that you do in 2006? >> i'm different because, as my
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buddy van will know, i don't do this every morning when i get up. i felt lining i'm just going to run. >> that's why you're a tv commentator now. >> i didn't, but a lot of folks did, they tacked away from president bush. i didn't do that. look, i think to reemphasize approximate point, donald trump is up in 2018. whether they embrace him or not doesn't matter. they have to show a record of accomplishment that will benefit donald trump, but it will benefit more them than donald trump. >> given what we see with democrats tonight, do you think we're going to see more retirements of republicans in the house? >> we saw new jersey seat that should be a democrat seat.
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>> he was safe there for a 100 years. i think it was a personal decision. >> what happened in 2005 and 2006 was the there was a wave of retirements and that's why democrats were able to take over the house. >> that's and it's no fun to be in congress anymore. >> all of a sudden? >> it's been coming for a long time. this didn't happen overnight. we passed -- spending billings have been slowing down, regular order ceases to exist. >> there's something beyond what's going on in washington, d.c. there are real movements in the country, and some of them are very tough on people they don't think are towing the party line. you're looking over your left shoulder at all times because these movements. >> i would say there's one other big tactical lesson. if we look at the house of
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delegates, there's 17 seats that hillary clinton won. looking at those and seeing how democrats do in those seats is interesting because we've been talking about those seats in congressional races as the ones where we have an opportunity, and there's 22. >> 23. >> 23, so that would be a real road map for democrats. that's a lot of suburban districts similar to so these house delegate districts where we could say we could win. >> there's going to be a lot of democrats watching this tonight. does this make dems favored to win? >> the house of delegates races tell you about the political wins. they're more about generic democrat and generic republican and big candidates who are running against each other object major issues. >> let's talk about who turned out and that would also give democrats some hope. audit good african-american turnout here and everyone knows
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that was crucial to northam winning in virginia. it's the revenge of the white college graduate voters. northam won 51%, and that's really high. that's higher than hillary clinton won, i believe. and so there are implications for members of congress and in white collar districts who could say my people are motivated this time to come out and that will make a difference how they fight on the tax bill, for example. and i think this also may imperil tax reform to some degree. do people feel that they need to be as tied to donald trump as they were? >> it's not a donald trump tax bill. >> really? this wasn't donald trump's
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candidate either. >> you better tell him because he keeps saying it is. >> republicans were for tax reform before donald trump was. this is more important to the republican congress than it was to donald trump, and it is to donald trump. they need to learn the lesson that minority turnout in congressional elections in 2018 mean nothing to the republican party. >> it matters to democrats. >> i'm talking about congressional republicans, it doesn't matter because they're not heavy minority districts. what does matter is college-educated folks, i agree. but also blue-collar workers who are disenchanted with the republican congress. that's why adopting donald trump's message in part and delivering on the core things they promised is the one-two punch they need. >> what you would have to have is for you to actually have a conservative republican party. what you have is an anti-liberal republican party, and that's not
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the same. because what you've got is an anti-lic anti-liberal folks, they can't govern. >> what is the difference? >> here's the conservative. he actually has principles. with the republicans now, especially in their media is what are the liberals for, we're against it. so we are not going to compromise with you, we will not find any common ground with you, if you give me a deal that gives me 99% of what i want but 1% helps a muslim, i'm against it because i'm against you guys. they are not going to be able to deliver and it's going to open the door for deputies. >> ed gillespie probably was the portrait of the governing conservative. he believes in the process, he was chairman of the republican national committee, senior adviser in the white house, and he went down that road. i think he thought hillary
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clinton was going to be president this year and that would have made his job a lot easier running for governor, but what happened was he got a challenge from a trump guy, cory stewart, and almost lost the primary. so in order to rally the base, he essentially jumped in the backseat of the car, the class nerd who jumped in the backseat of the car with the bad boys and drove off, but you can't heal the party that easily. there are deep fissures. it's not conservative versus moderate so much as establishment versus popu list. jared kushner is there, looks like most of the president's people are coming in. there's obviously the chief of staff. so we will bring you his remarks as soon as the president starts to speak.
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we can continue. as you were. >> again, you talked about jumping in the car and running off the cliff. the republican dog caught the car of government and doesn't know what to do with it. and i think it's starting to actually help republicans, i have a father-in-law who's a conservative republican. but he's heart broken by what he sees. >> they're going to pass a tax bill because they have to. not because they want to. if they like everything that's in it, they're going to get a dose of governing. hopefully virginia tonight will put a marker on this. >> do you think that's going to motivate them? >> i don't know how it can't. they were panicked before virginia.
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they're going to be panicked -- there are a lot of republicans in washington who believe ed was going to win this race. he had the momentum and he was going to come back. >> close the gap. >> and the fact it's not that close and the house seats, the delegate races, this is another wake-up call for republicans in the house and senate that you've got to put these really in my mind petty differences aside, learn to step up and take a bullet because maybe this isn't perfect for my district. i tell you what's not perfect for your district, having a democrat represented after you lose in the general elections. >> do they care is trump has their back they knon? what happens? >> if he takes a bullet and wins, of course, trump will have their back. >> i wouldn't say of course. their care for trump may
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decrease dramatically. a lot of them are grinning their teeth saying we want this tax bill to happen and we need him with us. that's going to happen or not happen. his political power has proven to be not that powerful, so what do they need him for after this? >> the tax bill will rise or fall under its own weight. the president has nothing to do with it. you see national association of home builders, traditional republican stall warts who support the party opposing this bill. this bill has serious problems. the president has nothing to do with it. >> you say what do they need him for? they need him because he has the hearts and minds of a large number of republicans in their base and they're -- why did ed gillespie who was a champion of immigrants reform and on the moderate side, why did he choose
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to embrace the cultural agenda he did at the end? he needed to own his bona fides with the base. so it's not easy to walk away from the base of your party. >> i think you will agree that if you pass a tax bill you will see ads talking about tax cuts, regulation reform, the stockton, increase change in people's pockets, unemployment as a historic low. >> if that happens, that's great. but i don't think you guys take enough of a count of the fact that you have a very nasty movement inside of your party that doesn't talk about that stuff, that really does want to talk about this divisive stuff, be scared of people, these people are going to get you, the gangs are coming. >> wait a minute. hold on. >> that's a real thing. that's what motivates us.
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>> i can tell you that the stuff also calling republicans races and bigots -- >> which i didn't say. >> you're not saying it now, i agree with you, but it's been said for a long time in a lot of ads including an ad in virginia's race that the governor had to back away from. this is not just republicans. it's both sides are in the gutter on these issues. >> all i'm saying is that you just gave a great story about having accomplishments, which would be wonderful some of them, some of them i would be against, and running on substantive stuff. if that happened, we would be in a different place in this country. my fear is there's a another movement out there. you don't like it when people call you names about it. i like it better when conservatives stand up to it, but there's this nativist nasty thing here. i'm not making it up. >> van, you have a point, obviously. it is easier to run on
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accomplishments than on fair. when we pass the tax cuts, you'll see the regulation reform, the economy churning along, that's the narrative, fuzzy puppies and rainbows. >> donald trump got elected not on be accomplishments. he was anti-establishment. and now he's run into real obstacles. >> revolutionarys don't make great leaders. >> i think we have gotten in this log jam now where if somebody says i'm concerned about mexican gangs, somebody might say, you're just a racist. >> the president and the first lady have entered the room. they're not speaking right away. >> good. and that's not going to work because -- >> it's the same thing as saying i want to reform social security
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and throw him off a cliff. >> or saying i want to help kids and you call me socialist. at the same time, your concern rightfully so, can sometimes you don't fight hard against the real nasties. >> the same is true on the left. i would argue the same true on the left and has been for quite some time. the left has looked down at the folks from texas who shot that guy in the church. they looked down their nose at those two guys. >> let's continue this discussion after the president's speech. on a trip like this as the president is being introduced, how much preparation is there in terms of the words that go into what the president says.
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>> there should be enormous preparation because you have multiple audiences, the chinese, the north koreans, the south koreans, and our own country. the speeches when president obama gave them were very much the discussion of the subject of debate, words were measured very carefully. and i hope that is the case here. >> although we did see that just a half an hour before the speech or whatever it was, he was tweeting about ed gillespie. >> a speech like this is written in advance more than that. >> but day after day knows this better than anybody, but you tend to work on these things. >> what isn't happening is donald trump is reading over the speech and carefully -- i think i like the sound of this word or that word better. i think the staff is working this over and giving him that speech. >> i think in this speech we've
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heard him speak quite a bit about north korea, and every time he seems to escalate the rhetoric. he dialed it back a little bit as he was standing next to the president of south korea. we all heard him say many times i'm going to pressure the chinese, i'm going to work with the chinese. well, he's going to china and meet with putin. at a certain point, rubber meets the word. is there a diplomatic strategy? is there a military plan? there's specific details, and in my experience with president obama, you would expect to move the ball forward on one of those. >> these are forums to advance that agenda. >> you worked with john kerry. >> the typical role is he would be involved and you would be
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keying off the secretary of state active diplomacy, giving hints of what's happening behind the scenes. that's not the typical relationship. he's criticized him. if he changes on that note, that's a positive sign because you're not going to move forward on a diplomatic path without the support of the president of the united states. but if it's just more rhetoric about rocket man, i think it will be disappointing to people in asia and people he's going to meet with over the next couple days. >> i would just say, all that traditional things got us where we are today. existential threat to the world with a maniac with nuclear weapons. the old ways of dealing with this gentleman, you think you're going to sit across the table and have a meal and negotiate something is ludicrous. >> you want war? >> i've sat in the desert. i don't want to see war.
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>> what's the solution? >> i think the sluice is to try to figure out a different approach with the chinese and russians and others. >> clearly -- >> the president is about to speak. let's listen in. >> assembly speaker chung, distinguished members of this assembly, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the extraordinary privilege to speak in this great chamber and to address your people on behalf of the people of the united states of america. in our short time in your country, melania and i have been aweed by its ancient modern wonders and we are deeply moved by the warmth of your welcome. last night president and mrs. moon showed us incredible hospitality in a beautiful reception at the blue house. we had productive discussions on
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increasing military cooperation and improving the trade relationship between our nations on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. through this entire visit it has been both our pleasure and our honor to create and celebrate a long friendship between the united states and the republic of korea. this alliance between your nations was forged in the crucible of war and strengthened by the trials of history. from the incheon landings to pork chop hill, american and south korean soldiers have fought together, sacrificed together, and triumphed together. almost 67 years ago in the spring of 1951, they recaptured what remained of this city where we are gathered so proudly
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today. it was the second time in a year that our combined forces took on steep casualties to retake this capital from the communists. over the next weeks and months, the men soldieed through steep mountains and bloody, bloody battles. driven back at times, they willed their way north to form the line that today divides the o pressed and the free, and there, american and south korean troops have remained together hogg holding that line for nearly seven decades. [ applause ] by the time the armistice was signed in 1953, more than 36,000
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americans had died in the korean war, with more than 100,000 others very badly wounded. they are heroes, and we honor them. we also honor and remember the terrible price the people of your country paid for their freedom. you lost hundreds of thousands of brave soldiers and countless innocent civilians in that gruesome war. much of this great city of seoul was reduced to rubble. large portions of the country were scarred severely, severely hurt by this horrible war. the economy of this nation was demolished. but as the entire world knows, over the next two generations, something miraculous happened on
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the southern half of this peninsula. family by family, city by city, the people of south korea built this country into what is today one of the great nations of the world, and i congratulate you. [ applause ] in less than one lifetime, south korea climbed from total devastation to among the wealthiest nations on earth. today your economy is more than 350 times larger than what it was in 1960. trade has increased 1,900 times. life expectancy has increased to 82 years today.
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like korea, and since my election exactly one year ago today, i celebrate with you. [ applause ] the united states is going through something of a miracle itself. our stock market is at an all-time high. unemployment is at a 17-year low. we a we are defeating isis. we are strengthening our judiciary including a supreme court justice and on and on and on. currently stationed in then vicinity of this area are the three largest aircraft carriers
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in the world loaded with f 18 fighter jets. in addition, we have nuclear submarines appropriately positioned. the united states under my administration is completely rebuilding its military, and is spending hundreds of billions of dollars to the newest and finest military equipment anywhere in the world being built right now. i want peace through strength. [ applause ] we are helping the republic of korea far beyond what any other country has ever done. and in the end, we will work things out far better than anybody understands or can even appreciate. i know that the republic of
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korea, which has become a tremendously successful nation, will be a faithful ally of the united states very long into the future. [ applause ] what you have built is truly an inspiration. your economic transformation was linked to a political one. the proud sovereign and independent people of your nation demanded the right to govern themselves. you secured free parliamentary elections in 1988, the same year you hosted your first olympics. when the republic you won faced financial crisis, you lined up by the millions to give your
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most prized possessions, your wedding rings, heir looms to restore is better promise of a future for your children. [ applause ] your wealth is measured in more than money. it is measured in achievements of the mind and achievements of spirit. over the last several decades, your scientists have engineered so many magnificent things. you've pushed the boundaries of technology, pioneered miraculous medical treatments, and emerged as leaders in unlocking the mysteries of our universities. korean authors end up 40,000 books this year.
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korean musicians fill concert halls all around the world. young korean students graduate college at the highest rates of any country, and korean golfers are some of the best on earth. plau [ applause ] in fact, and you know what i'm going to say, the women's u.s. open was held this year at trump national golf club in bedminster, new jersey. [ applause ] and it just happened to be won by a great korean golfer, sung hun park, and eight of the top players were from korea, and the top four golfers, one, two,
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three, four, the top four were from korea. congratulations. [ applause ] congratulations. that's something. that is really something. here in seoul, architectural wonders like the 63 building and the lote world tower, very beautiful, grace the sky and how has the workers of many growing industries. your citizens now help to feed the hungry, fight terrorism, and solve problems all over the world. and in a few months you will host the world and you will do a magnificent job at the 23rd olympic winter games. good luck. [ applause ]
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the korean miracle extends exactly as far as the armies of free nations advanced in 1953. 25 miles to the north, there it stops. it all comes to an end. dead stop. the flourishing ends, and the prison state of north korea sadly begins. workers in north korea labor grueling hours in unbearable conditions for almost no pay. recently the entire working population was ordered to work for 70 days straight, or else pay for a day of rest. families live in homes without plumbing, and fewer than half have electricity. parents bribe teachers in hopes of saving their sons and daughters from forced labor. more than a million north koreans died of if a mean in the
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1990s, and more continued to die of hungry today. among children under the age of 5, nearly 30% are afflicted by stunted growth due to malnutrition, and yet, in 2012 and 2013 the regime spent an estimated $200 million or almost half the money that it allocated to improve living standards for its people to instead build even more monuments, towers, and statues to glorify its dictators. the perceived loyalty to a
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twisted regime. far from valuing its people as equal citizens, this cruel dictatorship measures them, scores them, and ranks them based on the most arbitrary indications of their allegiance to the state. those who score the highest in loyalty may live in the capital city. those who score the lowest starve. a small infraction by one citizen, subpoena as accidentally stage a picture of the tyrant printed in a discarded newspaper can wreck the social credit rank of his entire family for many decades. an estimated 100,000 north koreans suffer in prisons, enduring torture, starvation,
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rape, on a constant basis. in one known instance, a nine-year-old boy was imprisoned for ten years because his grandfather was accused of treason. in another, a student was beaten in school for forgotietting a single detail about the life of kim jong-un. soldiers have kidnapped forei foreigners and forced them to work as language tutors for north korean spies. on the part of korea, that was a stronghold for christianity before the war, christians and other people of faith who are found praying are holding a religious book of any kind are now detained, tortured, and in many cases, even executed. north korean women are forced to abort babies that are considered
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ethnically i obje ethnical ethnically inferior. one child was taken away in a bucket. the guard said it did not deserve to live because it was impure. so why would china feel an obligation to help north korea? the horror of life in north korea is so complete, that citizens pay bribes to government officials to have themselves exported aboard as slaves. they would rather be slaves than live in north korea. to attempt to flee is a crime punishable by death. one person who escaped remarked, when i think about it now, i was
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not a human being. i was more like an animal, only after leaving north korea did i realize what life was supposed to be. and so on this peninsula, we have watched the results of a tragic experiment in a laboratory of history. it is a tale of one people, but two koreas. one korea in which the people took control of their lives and their country and chose a future of freedom and justice, of civilization, an incredible achievement, and another korea where leaders imprison their people under the banner of tyranny, fascism. the result of this experiment are in, and they are totally
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conclusive. when the korean war began in 1950, the two crazy were approximately equal in gdp per capita. but by the 1990s, south korea's wealth had sur passed north korea's by ten times and today the south's economy is over 40 times larger. so you started the same a short while ago, and now you're 40 times larger. you're doing something right. considering the misery wrought by the north korean dictatorship, it is no surprise it's been forced to take increasingly brutal measures because they fear the truth above all else. it forbids virtually all contact
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with the outside world, not just my speech today, but even the most commonplace facts of south korean life are forbidden knowledge to the north korean people. western and south korean music is banned. possession of foreign media is a crime punishable by death. citizens spy on fellow citizens. their homes are subject to search at any time, and their every action is subject to surveillance. in place of a vibrant society, the people of north korea are bombarded by state propaganda, practically every waking hour of the day. north korea is a country ruled as a cult. at the center of this military cult is a deranged belief in the
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leader's destiny to rule as parent protector over a conquered korean peninsula and an enslaved korean people. the more successful south korea becomes, the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the kim regime. in this way, the very existence of a thriving south korean republic threatens the very survival of the north korean dictatorship. this city and this assembly a are living proof that a free and independent korea not only can but does stand strong, sovereign and proud among the nations of the world. [ applause ]
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here, the strength of the nation does not come from the false glory of the tyrant. it comes from the true and powerful glory of a strong and great people, the people of the republic of korea. a korean people who are free to live, to flourish, to worship, to love, to build, and to grow their own destiny. in this republic, the people have done what no dictator ever could. you took with the help of the united states responsibility for yourself and ownership of your future. you had a dream, a korean dream, and you built that dream into a great reality. in so doing, you performed the
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miracle on the han that we see all around us from the stunning skyline of seoul to the plains and peaks of this beautiful landscape. you have done it freely. you have done it happily. and you have done it in your own very beautiful way. this reality, this wonderful place, your success is the greatest cause of anxiety, alarm, and even panic to the north korean regime. that is why the kim regime seeks conflict abroad to distract from total failure that they suffer at home. since the so-called armistice, there have been hundreds of north korean attacks on americans and south koreans. these attacks have included the capture and torture of the brave
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american soldiers of the u.s.s. pueblo, repeated assaults on american helicopters, and the 1969 drowning of a u.s. surveillance plane that killed 31 american servicemen. the regime has made numerous lethal incursions, attacked south korean ships, and tortured otto warmbier, ultimately leading to that fine young man's death. all the while, the regime has pursued nuclear weapons with the diluted hope that it could blackmail its way to the ultimate objective, and that objective we are not going to
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let them have. all of korea is under that spell divided in half. south korea will never allow what's going on in north korea to continue to happen. the north korean regime has pursued its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in defiance of every assurance, agreement and commitment it has made to the united states and its allies. it's broken all those commitments. after promising to freeze its plutonium program in 1994, it repeated the benefits of the deal, and then, and then immediately continued its illicit nuclear activities. in 2005 after years of diplomacy, the dictatorship agreed to ultimately abandon its
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nuclear programs and return to the treaty on nonproliferation, but it never did, and worse, it test ed the very weapons it said it was going to give up. in 2009 the united states gave negotiations yet another chance and offered north korea the open hand of engagement. the regime responded by seeking a south korean navy ship, killing 46 korean sailors. to this day it continues to launch missiles over the sovereign territory of japan and all other neighbors. tests nuclear devices and develop icbms to threaten the united states itself. the regime has interpreted america's past restraint as
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weakness. this would be a fatal miscalculation. this is a very different administration than the united states has had in the past. today i hope i speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations when i say to the north, do not north do not underestimate us. we did not choose to draw here on this -- [ applause ] -- on this magnificent
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convention, a thin line that runs around the world and through time. but here it was drawn and here it remains to this day. it is the line between peace and war, between decency and depravity, between law and tyranny, between hope and total d despair. it is a line that has been drawn many times throughout history. to hold that line is a choice free nations have always had to make. we have learned together the high cost of weakness and the high stakes of its defense. america's men and women in uniform have given their lives in the fight against nazis, imperialism, communism and terrorism. america does not seek conflict
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or confrontation, but we will never run from it. history is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested america's resolve. anyone who doubts the strength or determination of the united states should look to our past and you will doubt it no longer. we will not permit america or our allies to be blackmailed or attacked. we will not allow american cities to be threatened with destruction. we will not be intimidated, and we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here on this ground we fought and died to secure. [ applause ] that is why i come here to the
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heart of a free and flourishing korea for a message for peace loving nations of the world that time for excuses is over. now is the time for strength. if you want peace, you must stand strong at all times. the world -- [ applause ] -- the world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation. all responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of north korea, to deny it in any form, any form of it you cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept. we call on every nation including china and russia to
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fully implement u.n. security council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime and sever all ties of trade and technology. it is our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together. because the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows and the fewer the options become. [ applause ] and to those nations that choose to ignore this threat or worse still to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience. i also have come here to this peninsula to deliver a message directly to the leader of the north korean dictatorship. the weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer.
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they are putting your regime in great danger. every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face. north korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. it is a hell that no person deserves. yet despite every crime you have committed against god and man you are ready to offer -- and we will do that, we will offer a math towards a much better future. it begins with an end to the aggression of our regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles and complete verifiable and total denuclearization. [ applause ]
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a sky top view of this peninsula shows a nation of dazzling light in the south and a massive impenetrable darkness in the north. we seek a future of light, prosperity and peace. but we are only prepared to discuss this brighter path for north korea if its leader cease their threats and dismantle their nuclear program. the regime of north korea is only right about one thing, the korean people do have a glorious destiny. but they could not be more wrong about what that destiny looks like. the destiny of the korean people is not to suffer in the bondage of oppression but to thrive in the glory of freedom. [ applause ]
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what south koreans have achieved on this peninsula is more than a victory for your nation. it is a victory for every nation that believes in the human spirit. and it is our hope that someday soon all of your brothers and sisters in the north will be able to enjoy the fullest of life intended by god. your republic shows us all of what is possible in just a few decades with only the hard work, courage and talents of your people you turned this war torn land into a nation blessed with wealth, rich in culture and deep in spirit. you built a home where all families can flourish and where all children can shine and be happy. this korea stands strong and
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tall among the great community of independent, confident and peace-loving nations. we are nations that respect our citizens, cherish or liberty, and control our own destiny. we affirm the dignity of every person and embrace the full potential of every soul. and we are always prepared to defend the vital interests of our people against the cruel ambition of tyrants. together we dream of a korea that is free, a peninsula that is safe and families that are reunited once again. we dream of highways connected north and south, of cousins embracing cousins and this nuclear nightmare replaced with
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the beautiful promise of peace. until that day comes, we stand strong and alert. our eyes are fixed to the north and our hearts praying for the day when all koreans can live in freedom. thank you, god bless you, god bless the korean people. thank you very much. >> very strong speech by the president of the united states before the korean national assembly in seoul, south korea. but his message was directly aimed at the leader of north korea, kim jong-un. the president of the united states warning him he must give up the north korean nuclear program otherwise it will fis a disaster. this is very different administration than the u.s. has had in the past. the president has said do not underestimate us, do not try us. jake, strong words from the president directly aimed at the north korean leader. >> well, there's also a lot
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aimed at the south korean government and south korean assembly. people in south korea praised for what they've been accomplished in a short amount of time. but you're definitely right. there was also a small portion of the speech that he said, the president, he was ready to offer a path to a much better future for north korea where they could embrace a future of light as opposed to the darkness they live in now. but it was a very muscular speech, very forceful against what north korea is. he talked about otto warmbier, the american student who was tortured and eventually died as a result of his capture

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