Donald Trump has delivered a stark personal message to Kim Jong-un, saying that unless he gives up his nuclear ambitions North Korea will face disaster.

Speaking in front of lawmakers at South Korea’s National Assembly, the US president offered up a “brighter path” if the country abandoned its weapons programme, leaving the door open to diplomacy, but also warned the US was prepared to use military might if necessary.

“The weapons that you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger,” Trump said. “Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”

Trump has spent two days in South Korea as part of his 12-day tour of Asia. Speaking directly to Kim, he said that “despite every crime you have committed against God and man”, the US was prepared to resolve the crisis diplomatically.

“We will offer a path to a much better future,” he said. “It begins with an end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles and complete verifiable and total denuclearisation.”

But Trump also offered harsh words to North Korea, warning the regime: “Do not underestimate us. Do not try us”.

He said the US would not tolerate threats to American cities and that the US “would not be intimidated.”

Addressing Kim directly, Trump said: “North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned, it is a hell that no person deserves.”

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SOURCE: Benjamin Haas  
The Guardian