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'Do not try us' - Trump

President Donald Trump will warn North Korea not to "try us" in a speech delivered hours after his surprise visit to the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone was thwarted by bad weather Wednesday.

In his speech in front of the South Korean National Assembly, Trump is expected to call on all nations to join forces "to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea — to deny it any form of support, supply, or acceptance."

"Today, I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations, when I say to the North: Do not underestimate us. And do not try us," he is expected to say, according to excerpts released by the White House. "We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty."

Trump had been scheduled to make the unannounced early-morning trip to the DMZ amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Marine One left Seoul at daybreak and flew most of the way to the DMZ but was forced to turn back just five minutes out due to poor weather conditions. Reporters travelling in a chinook helicopter as part of the president's envoy saw fog out the helicopters' windows, and weather reports from near the heavily fortified border showed misting conditions and visibility below one mile. Pilots, officials said, could not see the other helicopters in the air.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was disappointed he couldn't make the trip. "I think he's pretty frustrated," she told reporters travelling with the president. "It was obviously something he wanted to do."

Before he left for Asia, a White House official had ruled out the DMZ trip for Trump, claiming the president didn't have time on his schedule and that DMZ visits have become a little cliché.

But Sanders said the visit had been planned well before Trump's departure for Asia. The trip was kept secret, Sanders said, for security reasons.

Trump had been scheduled to make the visit with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who travelled separately and landed about a 20-minute drive from the DMZ. Sanders said the military and the U.S. Secret Service had deemed that landing would not be safe, and Trump deferred to them.

After returning to Seoul, administration officials had hoped they might be able to wait out the bad weather and make a second landing attempt. At the U.S. Army's Yongsan Garrison landing zone, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Sanders frequently glanced up at the clouds to see if the sky was clearing. But time would not allow it.

The aborted visit came hours before Trump was scheduled to address the South Korean National Assembly before closing out his two-day visit to the nation and moving on to his next stop in Beijing.

Visiting the border that has separated the North and South for 64 years has become something of a ritual for U.S. presidents trying to demonstrate their resolve against North Korea's ever-escalating aggression. Every American president since Ronald Reagan, save for George H.W. Bush, has made the trip, peering across the barren north through binoculars, hearing broadcast propaganda, and reaffirming their commitment to standing with the South.



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