we ran out of time, we will talk about toxic masculinity tomorrow, a professor says it's killing everyone. amazing story. be sure to soon and tomorrow night, donna brazile here also. sean hannity next, are traversed on my continues alternate. >> sean: those results in new jersey and virginia, not states donald trump won. welcome to "hannity," president trump is in south korea. 30 miles from the border with north korea. he will be delivering a major speech on countering pyongyang's nuclear aggression. we will bring you their life when the president starts speaking, and my monologue coming up little little later because of the president, he will be speaking in a moment. joining us now, former deputy assistant, the president sebastian gorka, former -- john bolton. john, let's just go to when the president was in japan this week, he says talking to the prime minister, he will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots
of additional military equipment from the united states, meaning if, in fact, kim jong un tries again to fire a missile over japan, it will be shot down. i expect these remarks tonight will be pretty powerful. >> the president has several audiences to address here as he does in virtually everything he says on this trip, china being the most important. he has a very difficult task before him tonight. he has a square or circle in effect, he has to say as president he will do what is necessary to defend america from the north korean threat, but he also wants to say he wants to stand with our allies in south korea. he doesn't want any daylight between us. south korea is politically very divided on the north korea question. this is a hard one. the press reporting by the way, the president did try to go to the demilitarized zone, but they want him away because of the weather, the south korean president already there. i wish he had made it, but i think you can make up for it
tonight with a strong speech. >> sean: sebastian gorka, i think the ambassador's right, this is threading a needle, there are multiple audiences here. the world audience, obviously south korea, and there was an audience in north korea tonight. will he use term rocket man? >> [laughs] i don't think he will use that term tonight, but the ambassador is absolutely right. a couple of clear messages will be said tonight. i know the asia team at the nsc is probably one of the strongest teams inside the trump national security council. message number one, this is not an intervention, but he is not in isolation list. the key message for the whole asia trip is to reassure our allies to reassure our partners, like south korea, to say that every relationship we have not only stands, but under this
white house, it will become even stronger, and countries like north korea will not be allowed to threaten them in countries like china have to act differently. it's about reassurance, it's about economics, it's about making sure our alliances and our partnerships are stronger than ever. >> sean: i've always had, ambassador, there are not a lot of good options here, because we don't know what is on the launching pad. we don't know what that missile is carrying, and if we don't know, that represents an entire clear and present danger to the free world. it's got to go to a point here, i think the president's right, i believe that probably the next step is going to be to take one of those missiles off the launch pad or take it out of the sky, it's going to have to happen, but if we have to strike, we will win. but the danger to south korea is -- talking about hundreds of thousands of people or more that could die here if, in fact, they hit a nuclear site, nuclear fallout if he launches weapons from other sites we may not even
know about into japan or guam, or maybe even china. >> the president has inherited a desperate situation without much time because of 25 years of failure of prior presidents. obama's national security advisor acknowledged just a few weeks ago. that's why this speech in south korea is so important. i think we could effectively take out at least the sites we know involved in the missile side, the nuclear side. the real problem, however we were to do that, the real problem is the north korean terrorist threat to retaliate by attacking the suburbs of seoul, south korea. any use against the north korean nuclear program would have to also try and take out that retaliatory capability. nobody wants this to come through military force, but the president very clear at the united nations in september when he said with respect to north korea, the nuclear realization is the only way
forward. >> sean: we are awaiting the president's address, the president has in fact as she is in the building, it will be any moment now. i want to talk about the china component to all of this. geopolitically this is their region of the world, doctor. i know that the president has said, and it was obvious through the meetings that went on, supposed to be a half hours, went on for hours and hours, but the relationship with china seems to be better. it seemed to take some steps, they stopped exporting, for example, two north korea certain items, and we know that they are actually no importing some coal from the united states. but it really is in their hands, a lot of this responsibility, our responsibility, our allies in the region. what is china's role? >> china is our longest problem geopolitically in the world.
we turned the president's attitude to china around in the early months of the administration because we gave him those classified briefs on what china is doing. not only in the region, but in america as well. all the intelligence operations that are executed, the number of people that are visiting our defense labs, the number of people who are here as so-called students when they are doing something very different. the fact is, china has a plan for geopolitical domination, your viewers can google it right now. if not classified, it's called one belt, one road. for the 100 anniversary of the revolution, they wish to displace us as the global force shaping politics around the world. they are not a normal interlocutor. they have been playing a very two-faced game when it comes to north korea, china has a plan,
they are not a good actor. but when it comes to north korea, they are key because north korea depends upon china for its survival. >> sean: this speech is going to start momentarily. we just saw sarah sanders and jared kushner being seated. i want to look at two deals, and i want to make a comparison, because when you have somebody that is seemingly as unstable as kim jong un, ambassador, then you watch the united states, bill clinton told the american people this is a good deal for the american people and he assured us they would give up their nuclear ambitions when he was killing with kim jong un's father. we gave them the money, we gave them the energy sources, we gave them everything they wanted and ended up building nuclear weapons anyway. now they are getting the icbm capability, which means they could reach the continental united states. then you got obama's worst deal with iran. what part of you cannot buy off a dictatorship, or extremist come up with american tax
dollars do these people on the left not understand? >> they haven't understood it in a whole range of arms-control matters with the soviet union during the cold war and many more besides that. north korea is never going to be talked out of this nuclear weapons program, especially now that they are so close to it. if the cia director mike pompeo said a few weeks ago they mighte able to hit targets in the united states within a matter of months. but even if it's a matter of 12 months, a year, in these matters, there really is very little time. the president has i think the hardest meeting is with china, he comes to a real moment of power for himself. he can make the call north korea, and he has to stop double timing us, as china has for 25 years. i think the president has to say either you help us solve this problem, or we will solve it ourselves. >> sean: i also think politically speaking, doctor, it was such a big deal when then-president nixon went to china. if you look in the short period
of time donald trump has been president, he has no problem traveling the world, no problem going before a predominantly muslim audience, no problem going to israel, no problem meeting with all of these leaders. is it going to be that the bigger legacy of donald trump might be on foreign policy? >> at this point, it's hard to tell, because look at the economy. we've increased the stock market value by a quarter and just the first eight months of this administration. we've decreased unemployment to the lowest level in 17 years. one and a half million jobs created. most presidents are measured on what they do domestically in terms of economics, but in the case of the president, you are absolutely right. i told from supporters, i told from voters even if you like donald trump now, you will have no idea how good he is at the pharmacy, because he really hasl
in negotiation, whether it's somebody that we've had bad relationships with, or whether it's our allies in nato. look at what he did in nato. if he doesn't like it it's obsolete. after the president's own offices, they say you want 2% gdp spent on defense, we are fine with that. the secretary general says that in the white house. i think his legacy, given what he inherited, the ambassador is completely right, could be as powerful and foreign policy as it is domestically in terms of the economy as well. >> sean: let me go to you, ambassador. we see the head of the national assembly is speaking, momentarily the president will take to the podium. i just know this medium. i kind of like the fact that the president has the strength to say rocket man, and i think a lot of people get that. it's a way of making a point, it's powerful. a little more lighthearted, but serious at the same time. i can only imagine a media
meltdown freak out if he uses the term rocket man, which i personally would enjoy. your reaction if he did? >> one president george w. bush went to south korea, in his administration, he had some very harsh things to say about the regime and the media critiqued important because they are teacup diplomats. they think it's all etiquette and protocol. i think trump will be direct tonight. i think he always is. and what exact words he uses, i don't know, but i do think the message will be clear, and i think that's important, he is not barack obama, and people need to understand that. >> don't ask me what i think all of that is true, and as you watch this president, i think one of the biggest moments reag, tear down this wall. you go to the history of that and all of his advisors, no, you have to take that out, take that
out. they take it out in the next version, he would put it back in, he would put it back in. and he went there and he said it ended to find history. you can argue even in the case of john kennedy. >> that was 30 years ago this year, you are absolutely right. the state department back then, which hasn't changed, it's gotten worse since then, trying to take that line, tear down this wall out of the president's speech seven times until he on the way there in the limo had to manually write it back into the speech. what happened a year and a half later? the berlin wall fell down, and the anniversary is two days from now. tomorrow we have the anniversary of the election on november 9th we have our victory against communism and the breach of the berlin wall. reagan was a rank outsider, nobody took him seriously. at this president is also an outsider, and he is shaking the system. and it's about time. >> sean: there is this world reluctance and resistance,
ambassador, to sanctions, and ideas that would work, and isolation. i don't understand this desire to constantly capitulate to the world's worst actors. those that literally put everybody in danger. unless everybody is unified, you can't possibly be effective. >> i think that point of view just misreads the nature of the hard men who challenge the united states. the kim family dynasty in north korea, the ayatollahs in tehran, these people don't think the same way we do. if they don't have our priorities, they are not looking for reasonable solutions to what we consider a problem. for them, that's not a problem. that's their mark to get domination in their region, or whatever their objectives may be. as long as you think that dealing with these kinds of regimes is like dealing with somebody on the other side of the negotiating table in the united states, too often the
state department does, sadly. you are doomed to be defeated in negotiations, your strategic position internationally will deteriorate, and actually you are increasing the risk that force might ultimately have to be used. that's what reagan meant by peace through strength. >> sean: you look at the drama here, 30 miles from the dmz. the optics of the president of the united states, knowing that these rockets have been fired, calling on the world to show strength and resolve in an effort to have a do nucearized north korea is a powerful statement to the world. it's such a contrast to what we have lived through through the eight years of obama. >> it's not an apology to her. had diplomats from the region reach out to be frequently in the run-up to this visit, and they want to be reassured that we are their friends, and they are being reassured by the president investing this much time on the ground to going within 30 miles of the dmz.
he is sending a very clear message, america is back. it's american interests first, but like that marine corps divisions that has supplied three members of this administration, that marine corps division has a saying. no better friend, no worse enemy. that's what america is. >> sean: we are getting minor excerpts here from the president's speech tonight. i will read to you. the more successful that south korea becomes, the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the kim regime. in this republic, the people have done what no dictator ever could. you took with the help of the united states, responsibility for yourselves and ownership of your future. you had a dream, a korean dream, and you built that dream into a reality. and then he says, today i hope and i speak not only for our countries, but all civilized nations when i say to the north,
do not underestimate us, do not try us. we will defend our common security, our shared prosperity and are secretly really tell mike liberty, and 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 the ground. we fought and died for. that's only a small snippet. at wow. what do you think, ambassador? >> that's great, and i think even kim jong un can understand it, i think the president in beijing will understand it. it's a tribute to the people of south korea. it emphasizes the strength of our alliance, the fact that we have fought together. in 1950 when the north koreans invaded, and we now see and even more threatening challenge worldwide today. if it's more like that in the speech, i think it will be very powerful. >> sean: is a comes in here, the world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that
threatens with nuclear devastation. all responsible nations must join forces, isolate this brutal regime in north korea to deny from any support, supply or acceptance. it is our responsibility and our duty to confront the danger together, because the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows, the fewer the options become, and those nations that choose to ignore this threat or worse, to enable it. the weight of this crisis is on your conscience. obviously the president will not be mincing words tonight doctor. >> all it takes for evil to win's for a few good men to do nothing. it's very clear the message tonight, this is not an interventionist president, but he's prepared to call out even when he sees it. the north korean regime is evil, and the fact in the last 64 years we've seen such an amazing
difference in the development, the prosperity of south korea with our support compared to the stalin regime in the north at start of its own people. the president is not going to pull any punches, we are not here to start a war, but if you threaten us, we will deal with you, and we are prepared to call you up for what you are, and we are not going to apologize for what america stands for. how refreshing, after eight years of obama and really an eight year apology tour. >> sean: you watch -- this is very stark. 30 miles from the demilitarized zone, and you have a president who ran on an idea that what we did in iraq was wrong, and he was against it. he said we should have taken the oil, we should have paid for the military efforts and those that fought, bled and died. and yet i think you have a president here who would not be engaged in any protracted conflict with kim jong un. i would imagine any conflict with kim jong un is going to be
over in fairly short order with the mighty -- the might of the u.s. military. that's where it gets scary. how unstable is this man? firing missiles over japan, threatening guam, and threatening the united states of america as he now moves towards icbm full capability to deliver the nuclear weapons he has. we don't really have much of a choice here. how far will he push this? >> it's a bizarre regime in north korea, they may be rational, but they are not rational in our terms. they may be rational in their own terms. as you describe it, this is the way they behave now, before they have the capability of hitting targets across the continental united states. that's why it's so important to underline with the president said. denuclearization is the only answer. we will not leave them with nuclear weapons, as the obama administration was apparently prepared to do. obviously everybody would prefer to have that done peacefully,
but as with iran, it's the same kind of calculus. i really think the president understands the threat of nuclear chemical and biological weapons, probably better than anybody in his administration. that's why he fired the cruise missiles at syria when they crossed barack obama's redline. that's why he's as strong as he is in dealing with north korea and iran. i think we will hear more of that tonight too. >> sean: the many times i've interviewed the president as candidate and now as president, i want to go back to this idea, he does not believe in long, protracted conflicts. sebastian gorka. comes the president. we just saw mcmaster and john kelly and hope hicks being seated, and the president and the first lady making their way into the korean national assembly. a historic speech in seoul, south korea, tonight, only 30 miles from the demilitarized zone. warm reception, standing ovation from the highlights of the speech that were just literally
released just moments ago. you see it's going to be a pretty tough speech from the president. it lets just listen in. >> your excellency, president donald trump and madame first lady, official u.s. delegates, distinguished guests from home and abroad, including diplomatic court korean members. as speaker of the national assembly on behalf of korean people, i extend my heartfelt welcome to the visit by the president donald trump and first lady melania trump to the national assembly. mr. president and mrs. trump, you are the first u.s. president in 25 years to make a state visit to korea, representing the united states of america as a great country and korea's enduring and long-standing ally. in your speech to the national assembly today, it marks the
first speech to the korean parliament in 24 years. it is an incredibly great honor and privilege to welcome you at the national assembly on your first asia tour in the first year of your administration. i believe that the presence of mr. trump and mrs. trump here at this gathering reaffirms the great significance of our u.s. alliance. mr. president and mrs. trump, distinguished guests, members of the national assembly, korea's remarkable transformation to an aid recipient to a donor country was achieved on the basis of the blood shed by our two peoples who fought side-by-side during the korean war, and the rock-solid korea-u.s. alliance. starting from security alliance, our alliance has been evolving into a comprehensive alliance that has global implications expanding beyond economic
alliance. the u.s. alliance recognized as having made a significant contribution to peace on the korean peninsula and the northeast asia is now confronting grave nuclear and missile threats from north korea. our two countries have worked closely together to deter the glowing growing a nuclear threat from north korea and to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the peninsula. as articulated by your inaugural address where you said now arrives the hour of action, mr. mr. president is acting with great determination and commitment to make their north korea nuclear issue a top priority like no other u.s. president in the history. allow me to take this opportunity to expand our deepest appreciation and respect to mr. president for your role as great and peaceful mediator on your excellent leadership and great negotiating
ability. i sincerely hope that your visit to korea can serve as a new fulcrum for our deep friendship and our shared prosperity going forward, and set a historical milestone in bringing peace to the peninsula and north east asia. before we invite president trump to deliver a speech, let me introduce you to first lady, mrs. melania trump. mrs. trump, may i ask you to briefly rise from the seat to accept our warm welcome? thank you. [applause] >> let me introduce you to the leader of the world, the president of the united states of america, donald trump. [applause]
>> president trump: assembly speaker, distinguished members of this assembly, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the extraordinary privilege to speak in this great chamber, and to address where people on behalf of the people of the united states of america. in our short time in your country, melania and i have been awed by its ancient, modern wonders, and we are deeply moved by the warmth of you're welcome. last night, president and mrs. moon showed us incredible hospitality in a beautiful reception at the blue house. we had productive discussions on 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 our nations was forged in the crucible of war and strengthened by the trials of history. from the 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 probably 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 soldiered through steep mountains, and bloodied, bloodied battles. driven back at times, they willed their way north to form the line that today divides the oppressed and the free, and there, american and south korean troops have remained together holding that line for nearly seven decades. [applause] >> president trump: by the time of the armistice was signed in 1953, more than 36,000 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 were so more. much of this great city of seoul was reduced to rubble, large portions of the country were scarred severely. to 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 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] >> president trump: 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 risen from just 53 years to more than 82 years today. like korea, and since my election exactly one year ago
today, i celebrate with you. [applause] >> president trump: 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 are defeating isis. we are strengthening our judiciary, including a brilliant supreme court justice, and on, and on, and on. currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world, loaded to the maximum with magnificent f f35s and 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] >> president trump: 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 korea, which has become a tremendously successful nation,
will be a faithful ally of the united states very long into the future. [applause] >> president trump: 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. soon after, you elected your first civilian president and more than three decades. and when the republic you won faced financial crisis, you wind up by the millions to give your most prized possessions. your wedding rings, heirlooms, and gold luck keys to restore
the promise of a better future for your children. [applause] >> president trump: 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 engineers -- 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 universe. korean authors penned roughly 40,000 books this year. korean musicians fill concert halls all around the world.
young korean students graduate from college at the highest rates of any country. and korean golfers are some of the best on earth. [applause] >> president trump: 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, and it just happened to be won by a great korean golfer. eight of the top ten players were from korea. and the top four golfers, one, two, three, four, the top four
were from korea. congratulations. congratulations. [applause] >> president trump: that is something. that is really something. here in seoul, architectural wonders like the 63 building in the world tower, very beautiful, graced the sky and how's 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] >> president trump: 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 bribed teachers in the hopes of saving their sons and daughters forced labor. more than a million north koreans died of famine in the 1990s, and more continue to die of hunger today.
among children under the age of 5, nearly 30% of afflicted and are afflicted of stunted growth due to malnutrition. and yet, in 2012 and 2013, the regime spent an estimated $200 million, or almost half the money that had allocated to improve living standards for its people, to instead build even more monuments, towers, and statues to glorify its dictator dictators. what remains of the maker harvest of the north korean economy is distributed according to perceived loyalty to a 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 stars a small infraction by one citizen such as accidentally staining 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 gulags, toiling in forced labor, and enduring torture, starvation, rape, and murder on a constant basis. in one known instance, a 9-year-old boy was imprisoned
for ten years because his grandfather was accused of treason. in another, a student was beaten in school before getting a single detail about the life of kim jong un. soldiers have kidnapped foreigners and force them to work as language tutors for north korean spies. in the part of korea, that was a stronghold for christianity before the war, christians and other people of faith who are found praying or 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 ethnically inferior, and if
these babies are born, the newborns are murdered. one woman's baby born to a chinese father 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 let know mike rather be slaves then 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 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, a freedom and justice of civilization, an incredible achievement. and another korea in which leaders imprison their people under the banner of tyranny, fascism, and depression. the result of this experiment are in, and they are totally conclusive. when the korean war began in
1950, the two koreas were approximately equal in gdp per capita. but by the 1990s, south korea's wealth had surpassed north korea's by more than 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 are 40 times larger. you are doing something right. considering the misery wrought by the north korean dictatorship, it is no surprise that it has been forced to take increasingly desperate measures to prevent its people from understanding this brutal contrast. because the regime fears the truth above all else, it forbids virtually all contact 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 salt so my 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 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 disassembly disassembly are living proof tht korea not only can, but does st, sovereign and proud among the nations of the world. [applause]
>> president trump: here, the strength of the nation does not come from the false glory of a 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 yourselves, 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 miracle on the han that we see all around us, from the stunning
skyline of seoul, to the planes 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 american soldiers of the uss
uss 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 in south kore south korea, attempted to assassinate senior leaders, 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. that objective, we are not going to let it happen. all of korea is under that spell
divided in half. south korea will never allow what is 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 has broken all of 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 nuclear programs and return to the treaty on nonproliferation.
but it never did, and worse, it tested 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 sinking 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 of their neighbors. test nuclear devices and develop icbms to threaten the united states itself. the regime has interpreted america's past restraint as 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 underestimate us, and do not try us. we will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty. we did not choose to draw here on this peninsula -- [applause] >> president trump: this magnificent peninsula. the thin line of civilization that runs around the world and down through time, 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 despair. it is a line that has been drawn many times, in many places 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 conflict or confrontation. we will never run it from. history is filled with
disguardedry jeems that have foolishly -- disguarded regimes that have foolishly tested america's resolve nismt one who doubts the strength or determination of the united states should look to our parent 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 so hard to secure. [applause] that is why i come here, to the heart of a free and flourishing korea, with a message for the
peace-loving nations of the world. the time for excuses is over. now is the time for strength f you want peace, you must stand strong at all times. [applause] the world cannot allow a menace that threatens with nuclear devastation. all responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of north korea, to deny it, and 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 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] 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 of come here to this peninsula to deliver a message directly to the leader of the north korean dictatorship. the weapons you are acquiring with not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave 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, we are ready to offer, and we will do it, we will offer a path to a much better future. it begins with an toned the aggression of your regime a stop to your development of ballistic missiles. and complete, ver nooi fieable and total -- verifiable and total denuclearization. [applause] a sky top view of this peninsula shows the nation of dazzling light in the south, and a mass
of impenetrable darkness to 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 leaders cease their threats and dismachbtle their nuclear program. the regime of north korea is right about only 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 nor glory of freedom. [applause]glory of freedom. [applause] 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 shirt. and -- spirit. it is our hope that some day soon all of your brothers and sisters of 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 tall among the straight community of independent,
confident, and peace-loving nations. we are nations that respect our citizens, cherish our liberty, treasure our rn soph ty 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 connecting north and south, of cousins embracing cousins, and this nuclear nightmare replaced with a 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. [applause] thank you. thank you very much. >> president trump in south could re, a standing ovation, the speech a little more than 35 or so minutes. and a no-holds-barred president trump tonight extoelg the virtues of -- extolling the freedom that the united states has versus the dictatorship, the poverty, the nuclear ambitions of kim jong-un and north korea. powerful, powerful moment 30 miles from the dmz zone. and we're going to have a lot more to say on this tomorrow a lot of big lines in there, not the least of which, we believe in peace through strength and we
will stand for what is strong. and don't test the united states of america. all the time we have left. we'll always be fair and balanced. lau laura ingram picks it up here. >> thanks for joining us tonight. news is breaking all over the world. we have you covered from every angle. you just saw president trump wrapping that you major speech in south could re-a we will have analysis soon. he's heading to china. this could be the most important part of the asian trip. we will have reaction, a lot on the line there. and in the virginia governor's race, why the republican, ed gillespie, couldn't get it done. he was on last night with us, could not get it done. the left keeps keeps disparaging the people of faith. power of prayer is a threat to them. first, the latest on sunday's mass shooting in