Trump slammed the “brutal regime” in Pyongyang, and said he was determined to “prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.”
His language was echoed by South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who said in an interview ahead of a White House visit next week that North Korea bears responsibility for the student’s death.
“I believe we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime,” Moon told CBS television’s “This Morning.”
Moon, a center-left politician who was sworn in last month after a landslide election win, favors engagement with the North, rather than the hard-line stance taken by his ousted conservative predecessor Park Geun-Hye.
Washington has also stepped up its muscle-flexing in the region, flying two B-1 bombers over the Korean peninsula Tuesday in a planned training mission with Japan and South Korea as its latest show of force