Wrapping up his stay in Tokyo, President Trump declared that the era of strategic patience with North Korea is over.
Speaking after his summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, Trump reiterated that Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development remains a grave threat to the entire world.
"The regime's continued 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 international peace and stability. We will not stand for that. The era of strategic patience is over."
And as President Trump continues his five-nation Asian tour, North Korea's state media is stressing that its stance remains unchanged.
The Rodong Sinmun has published a commentary explaining that Washington should not expect any changes from the regime.
Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency also released a commentary last weekend highlighting that the U.S. should not even dream about sitting down for denuclearization talks.
Such a strong media response can be interpreted as the regime's intent to reiterate its stance on its nuclear issue as President Trump arrives in South Korea, where the main focus will be North Korea.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.