Branding North Korea’s leadership “depraved,” President of the United States of America Donald Trump, in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday said that Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear missiles could “very soon threaten our homeland” and vowed a continued campaign of maximum pressure to keep that from happening.
Trump’s tough rhetoric underscored persistent tensions despite recent talks between North and South Korea that led to Pyongyang’s agreement to participate in next month’s Winter Olympic games hosted by Seoul.
“North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland,” Trump said.
“We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening.””We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and to our allies,” he said.
Trump used the hour-and-20-minute speech, given annually by presidents to Congress, to try to overcome doubts about his presidency at a time when he is battling a probe into his campaign’s alleged ties with Russia and suffering low job approval ratings.