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Trump warns North Korea: 'Do not underestimate us'

Door left open for dialogue on denuclearization

SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump used his speech at the National Assembly in Seoul on Wednesday to issue a clear warning to North Korea.

"Do not underestimate us and do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity," he said.

Trump stated that the Kim Jong Un regime had interpreted America's past governments as weak, but it "would be a fatal miscalculation" to do so with his administration.

However, he also expressed an openness to dialogue with Pyongyang, urging the North Korean leader to cease development of its nuclear and missile programs and embark on a process of complete and total denuclearization.

"Despite every crime you have committed against God and men, we will offer a path to a much better future," he said. "It begins with your regime to stop your development of ballistic missiles and complete, clarifying and total denuclearization."

Trump also said that he could not understand the reason China felt the need to support North Korea, despite alleged abuses committed against Chinese people -- he cited one example of a woman whose baby was taken by the North Korean authorities because the baby's father was Chinese. "Why would China feel obligation to help North Korea?"

After his speech, the president left for China to meet his counterpart Xi Jinping, bringing to an end his two-day visit to South Korea.

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