Trump, Moon Show Unity Against North Korea
President Donald Trump says the United States can no longer be patient with North Korea.
Trump spoke after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House Friday. Their talks lasted 30 minutes longer than officials planned.
"The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed," the U.S. leader said. "Many years and it's failed, and frankly, that patience is over."
Trump was speaking about the U.S. government's policy for dealing with North Korea during the presidency of Barack Obama. The Obama administration chose to isolate North Korea while increasing sanctions as a way of forcing it to return to disarmament talks.
Yet the North Korean government has continued to carry out nuclear and missile tests. The country's leadership sees the programs as important to their survival.
On Friday, President Trump promised what he called a "determined response" against North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
Trump and Moon differ over exactly how much to pressure the North into giving up its weapons programs. Both leaders also have criticized parts of defense cooperation between their countries.
But on Friday the two men presented a united front.
Moon said they were able to agree on a series of issues, from defense ties to the North Korean nuclear program.
"The North Korean nuclear issue must be resolved without fail," he added.
The meeting was the first between Trump and Moon, a liberal human rights lawyer who took office last month. The talks were closely watched, not only because of the personality differences between the two men, but also for possible areas of disagreement.
During the 2016 election campaign, presidential candidate Trump criticized South Korean trade policies. He also said that South Korea and other U.S. allies are not paying enough for defense protection from U.S. forces.
On Friday, Trump told Moon that the U.S. "will always defend our allies." But he added that there needs to be "fair burden-sharing in South Korea."
On trade, Trump said the existing trade agreement between the countries has been difficult for the U.S. He added that he is working to create a fair economic relationship with South Korea.
Since the current trade deal went into effect in 2012, the U.S. trade deficit with Seoul has doubled. "Not exactly a great deal," Trump said on Friday.
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1.be patient with 对...有耐心
Teachers ought to be patient with students.
2.a series of 一系列的
The students have put forward a series of questions.
3.trade policies 贸易政策
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4.no longer 不再
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1.Trump was speaking about the U.S. government's policy for dealing with North Korea during the presidency of Barack Obama.
dealing with 处理；应付
We came up against a great deal of resistance in dealing with the case.
We know we're dealing with someone with a different frame of reference.
2.Yet the North Korean government has continued to carry out nuclear and missile tests.
carry out 实施
Police say they believe the attacks were carried out by nationalists.
Commitments have been made with very little intention of carrying them out.
周五，特朗普在白宫会晤韩国总统文在寅（Moon Jae-in）后做出上述表态 。他们的谈话时间比原计划超出30分钟 。
特朗普表示，“与朝鲜政权的战略耐心时代已经失败 。经年累月地努力却依旧行不通，并且坦白地说，耐心用尽了 。”
特朗普意指奥巴马任期时美国政府对朝鲜的外交策略 。奥巴马政府主张加强制裁，进而孤立朝鲜，迫使其重回裁军的谈判桌上 。
然而，朝鲜政府一意孤行，继续核试验和导弹试验 。朝鲜领导阶层认为，这些军事计划关乎他们的生死存亡 。
特朗普和文在寅在施压朝鲜迫使其放弃武器计划方面出现分歧 。两位首脑都批评了两国之间的部分防务合作 。
此番是上月刚走马上任自由派人权律师（文在寅）与特朗普的首次会晤 。本次会晤受到密切关注，不仅在于两位首脑的个性差异，还包括双方存在的分歧 。
2016年竞选期间，时任总统候选人的特朗普指责了韩国的贸易政策 。他还说，韩国和其它的美国盟友没有足额承担美军防务费用 。
周五，特朗普对文在寅表示，美国将“永远捍卫盟友的利益 。”不过他补充说，这需要“公平分摊驻韩美军的军事费用 。”
在贸易方面，特朗普指出，双方现有的贸易协定对美国不利 。他还强调，他正在努力与韩国建立公平的经济关系 。
现有的美韩贸易协定于2012年生效后，美国对首尔的贸易逆差翻了一番 。周五特朗普表示：“该贸易协定不算一项好协议 。”