President Trump and South Korean President Joint News Conference CSPAN November 7, 2017 12:56pm-1:25pm EST
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did some wonderful things. >> president trump continues his asia trip. earlier today he held a joint news conference with the leader of south korea. this portion is about 25 minutes. >> allow me to invite the president to the stadium. >> i extend my heartfelt welcome to the visit by your excellency, president donald trump, and first lady to korea. his visit marks the first state visit by the u.s. president of korea in 25 years, and president trump is also the first guest for myself and my government. the special bond forged between president trump and my, i myself i find a very personal. president trump and i met and communicated with each other numerous times building deep
trust and consolidating our friendship. today, we had handed discussions about steadfastness of rok use light. moreover,, we agreed to work towards resolving north korean nuclear issue in a peaceful manner. and bringing permanent peace to nuclear peninsula. again, escalating nuclear and missile threats from north korea we reaffirm our principles that we must maintain strong stance towards nuclear threats. based on superiority of power, president trump as reaffirmed his ironclad commitment and president trump and i agree to further strengthen the defense posture of our two countries. in this regard president trump and i agree to expand deployment of u.s. strategic asset in and around korean peninsula. we will step up our collaboration to enhance korea self-defense capability to
unprecedented levels. to defend we reached a conclusion today to lift the payload limits on korean missiles completely. there was a final agreement we also agreed to begin consultation for korea position in department of korea state of art, military. once again, we strongly urge north korea to halt its nuclear and missile provocation, and to come to table for denuclearization as soon as possible. president trump and i reaffirm our current strategy to maximize pressure and sanctions on north korea, and to come to the table for dialogue on its own. at the same time should north korea choose to make the right choice, we also reaffirmed that we are willing to offer north korea a bright future.
based on such common approach between our two countries will continue to see efforts to bring under the solution to north korean nuclear issues. we will maintain close collaboration with each national community including the neighboring countries. i hope president trump's visit at this time will be a turning point for a stable manner. today, , president trump and i visited the base, , which is a symbolic value for the future of rok-u.s. alliance and also korea contribution to the alliance. ..
last but not least we reaffirm that economic operation is important pillar of us allies. we share the view that economic preparation is critical in our efforts to pursue sustainable and future oriented for us alliance. the benefit of free equitable and balanced trade together, we agreed to have the relevant authority expedite the process of fda consultation. by sharing the universal value and other fruits of economic 30 with humankind, president and i agreed to make joint contribution for peace and prosperity of the world. we also agreed to continue strengthening preparation for global challenges including issues of terrorism, women in human rights and public health. president trump requested that i need to talk with him
continuously and we agreed that we will continuously have a frequent enclosed communications. by doing that we will strength and the tides and solidify the alliance. once again i extend a warm welcome to president and madame's first lady to korea. please enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and a deepening of our friendship between our two countries. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. that was an opening statement by president moon which will be followed by president donald trump back thank you very much president moon. thank you for honoring us with the invitation to be here today. and for the incredibly warm welcome and magnificent ceremony you have given us during our first trip to the very beautiful
city of seoul, nort korea. at the beautiful blue house, which i've heard so much about, and now get to visit and see firsthand. we are looking forward to joining for you for dinner tonight. we have much to discuss. the president and i had an opportunity today to talk about vital and economic security matters including our trade relationship and our joint efforts to solve north korea's grave nuclear threat to south korea and, indeed, the entire world. this is a worldwide problem. the republic of korea is more than a long-standing ally of the united states. we are partners who fought side-by-side in a war and really worked very hard and prospered toward a great and lasting
peace. i feel confident that we will be able to reach a free affair and reciprocal trade deal as we renegotiate our current five -year-old trade document. we cannot allow north korea to threaten all that we have built and we have built it very much together and we are very, very proud of it, also together. but all that we have built in the decades since our soldiers sacrificed side-by-side in the struggle for freedom, our alliance is more important than ever to peace and security under on the korean law and across the end of pacific region and that is why vice-president pence, secretary of state tillerson, who was with us today, and secretary of defense matters with your just a short time ago have all traveled to seoul in the first year of my administration. it was important to me that they did.
north korea's six test of a nuclear device and its missile launches are a threat, not only to the people of south korea but to the people all across our globe. we will together confront north korea's actions and prevent the north korean dictator from threatening millions of innocent lives. he is indeed threatening millions and millions of lives, so needlessly. north korea is worldwide threat that requires worldwide action. we call on every responsible nation, including china and russia, to demand that the north korean regime and its nuclear weapons and its missile progress and live in peace as the south korean people know so well it is time to act with urgency and with great determination. all nations must implement un
security council regulations and sees trade and business entirely with north korea. it is unacceptable that nations would help to arm and finance this increasingly dangerous regime. as we work together to resolve this problem using all available tools short of military action the united states sam prepared to defend itself and its allies using the full range of unmatched military capabilities if need be. the partnership with south korea is just one aspect of our enduring alliance. we also share the partnerships on a range of issues from cultural exchange to cutting edge advances in science and medicine and a very important issue of trade. apparently we are looking at ways to improve our economic
relationship. i would like to thank president moon for instructing his trade negotiations to work with us to pursue a much better deal, a deal that frankly has been quite unsuccessful and not very good for united states. in the more six decades since we signed our mutual defense treaty our alliance has grown stronger and a deeper. our two nations symbolize what independent countries can accomplish when they serve the interests of their people, respect the sovereignty of their neighbors and uphold the rule of law. imagine the amazing possibilities for korean peninsula liberated from the threat of nuclear weapons were all koreans could enjoy the blessings of liberty and prosperity that you have achieved right here in south korea. i also want to congratulate
president moon and the south korean people on hosting the winter olympics this upcoming february. it will be a truly spectacular event. mr. president, i want to thank you, first lady kim and i mean, it was so special today. the ceremony was beautiful and we very much thank you for it. together are two nations will handle threats to peace and security, stand up to those who would threaten our freedom and boldly sees the incredible opportunities for a better and brighter and more prosperous tomorrow. in good times and bad in moments of great hardship and great success are two nations can always count on the close bonds and deep friendship we share as free, proud and independent people. mr. president, i look forward to the rest of our visit together and i send the wonderful citizens of south korea the best
which is wishes from the people of the united states of america. thank you very much. [applause] trickery w[translator: we now ae white house correspondent to the and mr. trump will respond and then from the [inaudible] back first question, margaret brennan from cbs. mr. president -- which one? >> president trump.
you spoke here in south korea saying that you do believe that the crisis north korea will be worked out. specifically have you seen any success in your diplomatic strategies so far? do you still believe that direct talks are a waste of time? >> i thank you know me well enough that i don't like to see whether i see success and talk about it. we like to play our cards close to the vest. i will say this. i believe it make sense for north korea to do the right thing, not only for north korea but humanity all over the world. there is a lot of reason and good reason behind that and with that yes, i think we will make progress and i think were showing great strength and i think they understand we have unparalleled strength. there has never been strength like it and you know we sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world and they are right now positioned. we have a nuclear submarine also
positioned and we have many things happening that we hope -- i think will go a step further. i hope to god we never have to use. with that being said i really believe that it makes sense for north korea to come to the table and to make a deal that is good for the people of north korea and the people of the world. i do see certain movement, yes but let's see what happens. >> can you [inaudible] >> i don't what does that. the next president moon, in your meeting with president trump was spoken about by president him when he gestured to the military purchases that your country will be making and i am wondering, as
you look toward that military buildup, does that signal something perhaps a change in your view where you believe a more aggressive stance toward north korea is more appropriate? [speaking in native tongue] [translator: if i could have the question repeated. are you referring to the acquisition of the military or are you gain at the military that could be encouraged. [speaking in native tongue] [translator: i'm not entirely sure which direction your question was but i can say one thing that when it comes to the
state of reconnaissance assets and the strategy assets on acquisition of the us assets we have agreed to begin the consultation for korea's acquisition and that is to announce a career that its capability and combine the defense posture of korea is the united states and its essential. >> market, i may add to that the president and i have agreed that we -- everyone thanks it makes a lot of sense -- we make the greatest military equipment in the world, whether it is planes or missiles, no matter what it is we have the greatest military women in the world and south korea will be ordering billions of dollars of that equipment which, frankly for them it makes sense and for us it means jobs and reducing our trade deficit with south korea but they will
be ordering billions of dollars worth of equipment and we've already approved some of those orders. thank you. [speaking in native tongue] translator: next, i have the question raised to president moon from the korean reporter, please raise your hand. [inaudible] three president for questioning. i think one of the most important challenges overcoming the result in the nuclear problem in the you gave a foreign press interview you talked about bringing a balance in diplomacy and you talked about resolving nuclear threat problems in the close corporation and you to china's role. are you referring to the balance between the us balance of korea between us and china versus something else?
[inaudible] you said that you have agreed to bring [inaudible] on the korean peninsula and what kind of rule are you expecting the united states and president trump to play with regard to settling piece on the korean peninsula? it is not about our [inaudible] in the we are trying to bring a solution to the nuclear problem and to bring permanent peace on the korean peninsula. moreover, we would like to promote peace and stability and prosperity of the region so we would like to expand our diplomatic efforts in this regard and that should include our efforts for china, as well as russia and the eu. i believe that we should diversify our diplomatic efforts
so that we can pursue a more balanced approach and that was the intention of making such a comment. to establish permanent peace on these korean peninsula and overcome and the nuclear problem when it comes to united states, a very strong sanctions in pressures are being pushed by the united states and i am very sure that the results will be realized through such efforts and that china has also implemented a us resolution for sanctions on the prk. these rules have contributed to resolving the nuclear threat and problem. if our international efforts bear fruit, we can make us around and will bring north korea to the table of dialogue and through dialogue we will end and freeze the nuclear program. ultimately, it will dismantle
the weapons program entirely. in this i believe that us and china is essential and establishing a permanent peace of. insula and we need to talk about this issue. now we should focus on bringing an end to the d prk revocation in bringing d prk to the table for dialogue. this is the challenge that must be addressed now. want to focus on the sanctions and pressure and certainly make efforts to consult each other, north korea, us four piece on the korean peninsula. >> i want to say that we will be tomorrow in china and we will find out how helpful soon but he really has been very, very
helpful. china is out trying very hard to solve the problem with north korea. we hope that russia, likewise, will be out to help and hope that on their countries and we know for fact that other countries have already started we had great dialogue with many other countries, as you know. they are really helping a lot. we get china and russia and we have some other countries but we want to get most of them we think that things will happen and they could happen very quickly. this is a problem by the way that should've been done over the last 25 years, not now. this is not the right time to be doing it but that is what i got rid that is what i got. this is a problem that should've been taking care of a long time ago. thank you. >> united states, second and final question will come from allie from nbc.
>> thank you, mr. president. you have talked about wanting to put extreme betting on people trying to come into the united states. i wonder if you would consider extreme betting from those who would buy a gun? >> you bring it up in a situation that should be discussed too much right now. we should let time go by but if you feel that's an appropriate question even though were in south korea, i will certainly answer your question. if you did what you are suggesting there would have been no difference three days ago and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck and was able to shoot and hit him and neutralize him. i can only say this -- if he did not have a gun instead of having
26 dead, we would've had hundreds more dead. that is the way i feel about it. >>
are you considering any done control policy? >> if you look at the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation in chicago. chicago is a disaster. total disaster. remember that if this man didn't have a gun or rifle you would be talking about a much worse situation in the great state of texas. thank you. [speaking in native tongue] translator: last question will be from the korean media. [speaking in native tongue] translator: i have a question for president trump. today you visited the military
base as your first stop and we have allocated 9 trillion for the military base and it's a bit of a confrontation with the residents of the construction of the base. a lot of money has been put into build the base and a lot of sacrifices have been made. you visited the base today and many people talked about free fighting for korea against the securities of the united states so what are your feelings about such talks as you visited the base and another question i have is that people have concerns about priya korea passing although that has gone away but people are still concerned that
korea may be neglected in diplomacy so what is your views on the korean passing and can you say for sure and for certain that korea's [inaudible] no longer exist. >> i will start off with your second question. south korea, republic of korea, korea is very important to me and there will be no skipping south korea, i can tell you that right now. plus, i've developed great friendships, not only with the president but with others and we will not let them down and they will not let us down because were doing a lot for them, to be honest. as far as the base is concerned i thought that humphreys was an incredible military installation. i know what it cost and it is a lot of money. we actually spent some of that money and, as you know, that money was spent, for the most part, to protect south korea not to protect the united states. some of it was spent by us and that being said that was long before my time and i am sure i
could have built it for a lot less. that is what i do. thank you. [speaking in native tongue] translator: i'd like to make a secondary remark. today president trump visited the military base and his visit shows we were able to show that korea is making significant contributions to the alliance. i hope that has been felt for president trump and it expanded and talks and he has expressed his appreciation for the deconstruction of the [inaudible] and at that military base with the commander as well as the commander we had a briefing by the commanders and
there was a strong emphasis on their part as well. i would like to now conclude the press conference of president trump and president of moon. i would like to extend our appreciation to the members of the diplomatic corps for being here. thank you. com[applause] >> president trump earlier today with the south korean leader, the president is spending part of his time abroad promoting trade with united states. we take a deeper look at this on this morning's washington journal. >> president trump is entering the middle stretch of his 12 day trip to asia nations this w