Trump tells North Korean lead to behave

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April 18, 2017

PANMUNJOM, South Korea (AP):

A day after a failed North Korean missile test, US President Donald Trump had a message yesterday for the North's ruler: 'Gotta behave."

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador accused the United States of turning the Korean peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment".

US Vice-President Mike Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the North to move towards ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Pointing to the quarter-century since the United States first confronted North Korea over its attempts to build nuclear weapons, he said a period of patience had followed.

"But the era of strategic patience is over," he declared. "President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and, also, its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable."

Trump himself appeared to reinforce the message at the White House, replying "Gotta behave" when a CNN reporter asked what message he had for North Korean leader Kin Jong Un.