"We expect this will contribute to blocking North Korea's main sources of foreign exchange and its developing of weapons of mass destruction".
"The regime continues development of its unlawful weapons programs including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly over Japanese territory are a threat to the civilized world and global peace and stability".
North Korea has conducted about 20 ballistic missile tests this year in defiance of U.N. resolutions, including two intercontinental ballistic missile tests that experts said suggest that a missile could reach parts of the United States. The North says it now has the ability to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland. While Trump will be looking to use his trip to strengthen Washington's alliance with Seoul and reaffirm their joint push to maximize pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, he will also be faced with several thorny issues weighing on the relationship.
"If the US misjudges (North Korea's) toughest will and dares to act recklessly, the latter will be compelled to deal a resolute and merciless punishment upon the former with the mobilization of all forces".
Against this backdrop, the government has chimed in, calling for cooperation and public support for the first successful state visit of a USA president in over two decades.
Mr McMaster said President Trump would urge countries with the most influence over Pyongyang to "convince its leaders that the pursuit of nuclear weapons is a dead end" and that it must denuclearise. "Look where we are now". Earlier this year, reports that Trump was considering triggering a withdrawal from the deal caused uproar not just in South Korea but also in the United States. It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.
After Trump's speech at the air base, the South Korea's state news agency Yonhap reported North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) had condemned the "foolish remarks" made by the president in the Japanese air base. "The warmongering, arms-selling businessman Trump shouldn't come to Korea", the coalition said.
Kang also hinted at Moon's possible visit to Japan.
The White House says Trump's trip is meant to demonstrate US resolve over his hard-line approach to the North Korean nuclear and missile threats, but many in the region fear that further bellicose presidential rhetoric could increase the potential for a devastating military conflict on the Korean peninsula.