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Trump warns N. Korea against 'foolish or reckless' acts

All Headlines 01:20 May 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, May 24 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Thursday against "foolish or reckless" acts after he canceled a planned summit with leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump said it was a "tremendous setback" for North Korea and the world that the June 12 meeting in Singapore was canceled but added that it could still happen later if the conditions are right.

"Our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world, that has been greatly enhanced recently, as you all know, is ready if necessary," he said at a bill signing ceremony at the White House. "Likewise, I've spoken to South Korea and Japan, and they are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the cost of any financial burden, any other cost associated by the United States in operations if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us."

The United States is "more ready than we have ever been before," he said, and will never compromise its safety and security.

Trump promised a brighter future for North Korea "if and when Kim Jong-un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions."

"I am waiting," he said. "In the meantime, our very strong sanctions, by far the strongest sanctions ever imposed, and maximum pressure campaign will continue as it has been continuing."

hague@yna.co.kr
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