Washington DC [United States], Jan 31 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump has taken a swipe on North Korea in his first official State of the Union speech and has underscored the "cruel dictatorship" in the reclusive country.
Attacking the past administrations Trump said,"Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation," adding, "I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position."
Trump narrated the story of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American student tortured in North Korea who died shortly after he returned to the US last year.
Warmbier's parents were in the chamber along with his brother and sister.
"You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength truly inspires us all," the President said after introducing the family. "Tonight, we pledge to honour Otto's memory with total American resolve."
The US and North Korea have long been engaged in back-and-forth barbs over the latter's threat of a nuclear attack.