Pence Tells North Korea: 'The Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over'

Andrew Cummings
April 18, 2017

Blue huts straddle the border, where tense negotiations have been held between the North, South and the U.S. since armistice.

Kim said the Trump administration is "trumpeting about "peace by strength" by deploying "one strategic striking means after another in South Korea", citing the Carl Vinson carrier group, nuclear strategic bombers and stealth fighters.

In a trip full of Cold War symbolism, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

"President Trump placed the challenge presented by North Korea as both more immediate and more strategically significant for the United States in his discussion with China's president", Yates said.

The first pieces of a USA -built missile defense system created to mitigate the threat of North Korean missiles arrived at the Osan Air Base in South Korea Monday night, according to the US military. Its latest missile test on Sunday failed a few seconds after launch.

The deputy ambassador, reading from a statement, told reporters, "The US is disturbing the global peace and stability and insisting on the gangster-like logic that its invasion of a sovereign state is "decisive, and just, and proportionate" and contributes to "defending" the worldwide order in its bid to apply it to the Korean Peninsula as well". Pence warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the United States "or the strength of our military forces".

Pence said during a Monday visit to South Korea that the North needs to abandon its weapons program and stop testing ballistic missiles.

North Korea's UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, on Monday unleashed at a hastily called UN press conference a torrent of threats, war scenarios and rhetoric aimed at the United States.

His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the US would rely on its allies as well as Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

McMaster said various USA military and intelligence agencies are working on providing options to "have them ready" for Trump "if this pattern of destabilizing behavior continues".

The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations. In 2015 North Korea imported $2.95 billion worth of goods from China, and exported $2.83 billion there, according to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity.

North Korea will be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

Pence's visit to South Korea comes as the country prepares for an election next month following the ouster of President Park Geun-hye.

"Since 1992, the United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", Pence said at a joint news conference with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-Ahn in Seoul.

And he reiterated his support for his host, saying: "We are with you 100%". As to how far the nuclear missiles can get right now, "maybe", he added, North Korea's missile can only reach Alaska.

Jean Lee, a global fellow at the US-based Wilson Center, said the next president "will have a lot of bearing on what kind of policy South Korea develops towards North Korea".

However, according to BBC, when North Korea launched a missile in 2012, it showed that the country can hit the United States.

Reports into the type of missile used have not been confirmed, but a South Korean official has hinted it may have been an ICBM.

"The missile blew up nearly immediately".

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