LONDON (CBS) President Trump warned of dangers coming from North Korea and Iran in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He also singled out China and Russia. None of them seemed to appreciate it.
President Trump called North Korea a "cruel dictatorship," saying its reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could soon threaten the U.S. and its allies.
"We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening," the president said.
While North Korea has yet to respond, South Korean analysts say Trump's fiery rhetoric-- without actually issuing a direct military threat-- shows his confidence that pressure and sanctions are working.
The president also referred to what he called Iran's corrupt dictatorship, criticizing the 2015 nuclear deal and expressing support for a recent anti-government uprising there.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded, saying his nation would continue to back the Islamic Republic despite foreign pressure. And the country's foreign minister tweeted, "Trump again confirms his ignorance of Iran and the region."
President Trump not only addressed rogue regimes but brought up challenges to U.S. interests and the economy from "rivals," including Russia and China.
A spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry said, "We hope the U.S. can abandon a 'Cold War mentality' and outdated zero-sum game ideas" and called on America to focus on cooperation with China.