Key Words: Trump warns North Korea: ‘Do not try us’

Speaking before South Korean lawmakers, President Donald Trump issued a stark warning Wednesday to North Korea.


“Do not underestimate us, and do not try us.”

President Donald Trump


Trump said Kim Jong Un’s regime should not take “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,” Trump said in a speech to South Korea’s National Assembly in Seoul. “We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. . . . We will not be intimidated.”

Trump went on to praise the longtime alliance with South Korea, and called on China and Russia to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea.

Later, in a series of tweets — in which he took advantage of Twitter’s new, expanded 280-character limit — Trump said he wants “peace through strength,” and said the world should not doubt the strength and determination of the U.S.



Trump is in the middle of a 13-day trip to Asia, and is scheduled to fly to China later in the day.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump had to cancel a surprise visit to the Korean demilitarized zone due to poor weather conditions.

On Tuesday, Trump appeared to soften his rhetoric toward North Korea, saying: “It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and to make a deal that’s good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world.”