Donald Trump has said he will do whatever is necessary to stop North Korea from "threatening lives so needlessly"- but said he was hopeful that tensions would not escalate further.
Speaking at a joint news conference in Seoul with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump said he hoped to use all tools short of military force, urging Pyongyang to "do the right thing". He added: “I do see some movement” – though he declined to elaborate.
Although he avoided reiterating any of the strongest threats he has made in the past, Trump told reporters: “We cannot allow North Korea to threaten all that we have built."
”We hope to God we don’t have to use” the United States’ full military capabilities, he said.
Trump is on the first of a two-day visit to South Korea, where he has been met with widespread protests from citizens concerned about the impact his rhetoric is having on the diplomatically sensitive region.
According to the White House, the President's trip is intended to show his resolve over Trump's approach to North Korean missile and nuclear threats.