Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'

Apr 18, 2017, 01:56
Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'

Vice President Mike Pence took a tough line on North Korea Monday, warning the rogue state not to test the "strength of [U.S.] armed forces", by continuing to build out its nuclear program.

It comes as US Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which divides the secretive state from South Korea.

Pence should explain to our allies the results of the administration's recently completed North Korea policy review, as well as the results of the U.S.

Pointing to Trump's recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, Pence said, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve", or the US armed forces in the region.

Speaking in Seoul, Pence linked recent United States military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan with the situation in North Korea, saying they showed the "strength and resolve of our new President".

The foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday afternoon that China's nuclear envoy "Wu Dawei, on behalf of the Chinese government, has been doing quite a lot to bring all parties back to the negotiating table. working relentlessly for that".

It's unclear whether restarting negotiations might actually lead to the elimination of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

"But we, Canada, have been running hot and cold for decades in terms of substantive commitments on the security side and we should be very interested in long term stability and security", he said.

Pence made sure they didn't go unnoticed when, wearing a leather bomber jacket, he made an unannounced visit to the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. "Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably".

"Japan will closely cooperate with the US and South Korea over North Korea and will call for China to take a bigger role", Abe told parliament.

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The launch in the North's east coast of the unidentified missile ended in failure, as did a medium-range ballistic missile lifted from the same area on April 5.

In the run-up to the summit, Trump vowed to act unilaterally to "solve" North Korea, saying, "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will". North Korea has indicated that it will continue to test missiles and will work to develop a warhead that can fit on an intercontinental missile and hit other countries that are far away, such as the United States.

Pence is on the first stop of a four-nation Asia tour meant to show America's allies, and remind its adversaries, that the Trump administration was not turning its back on the increasingly volatile region.

Trump acknowledged on Sunday that the softer line he had taken on China's management of its currency was linked to Beijing's help on the North Korea issue.

Vice President Mike Pence says the USA commitment to South Korea is "iron-clad and immutable" in the face of North Korea's work to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile program.

Trump has stated that he wants to see China take a larger role in pressuring the North Korean regime.

Along with the deployment of the USA aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were deployed last month in their biggest joint military exercises. A United States aircraft supercarrier is now en route to the Korean Peninsula in a show of strength.

According to the report, Kim was "widely reported to have ordered an investigation into whether the United States was sabotaging North Korea's launches, and over the past week he has executed senior security officials". "We will see what happens!".

Wang, China's foreign minister, had urged the USA and North Korea to dial down tensions last week, comparing the situation to a "storm that is about to break".

If the Trump administration intends to increase sanctions pressure on North Korea while also removing the preemptive attack option from consideration, as some administration officials have privately commented, then the White House's public statements appear to be out of sync with such a policy.