TOKYO – No regime or dictator should ever underestimate the resolve of the United States, President Donald Trump said in an address to US troops at the Yokota air base in Japan on Sunday.
Trump is on a two-day visit to Japan to boost bilateral ties and to discuss the North Korean crisis.
“No one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should ever underestimate, ever, the American resolve,” Trump warned, without naming North Korea directly.
“We will never yield, never waver, and never falter in the defense of our people, our freedom, and our great American flag,” he added.
The US president also emphasized the importance of the Japan-US alliance and praised the sacrifices made by US troops deployed in Asia who, he said, have contributed toward maintaining peace and stability in the region.
Earlier, aboard the Air Force One, Trump had confirmed that the North Korean crisis will be one of the main issues on the agenda of his trip.
“It’s a big problem for our country and the world, and we want to get it solved,” Trump told reporters.
“And there’s been 25 years of total weakness and so we’re taking a very much different approach,” he added, justifying his aggressive rhetoric against North Korea.
He also added that a decision will be taken soon about whether to include North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism.
From Yokota, the US president traveled in a Marine One helicopter to the Kasumigaseki Country Club, the venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tournament, for lunch and a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Hideki Matsuyama, the world’s number four professional golfer.