A leading expert on the North Korean nuclear threat says President Trump’s condemnation of the communist regime through powerful stories also served as an American declaration that it’s time for a regime change in Pyongyang, but he warned that military action would be a big mistake. During Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address, Trump focused his final foreign-policy item at the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and punctuated it by telling two gripping stories.

First, he recounted the story of American college student Otto Warmbier, who was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a political poster and was returned to the U.S. in a coma last year. Warmbier died days later. His grieving parents were in the gallery for the speech. Next, Trump detailed the harrowing account of North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho, who was also present for the speech. READ MORE