US VP Pence: 'Era of strategic patience with North Korea is over'

By Ken Thomas
Associated Press

PANMUNJOM, South Korea — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence declared Monday the "era of strategic patience is over" with North Korea, expressing impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Pence told reporters near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea that President Donald Trump is hopeful that China will use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons.

Pence, who has called the North's failed missile test a day earlier "a provocation," said the U.S. and its allies will achieve its objectives through "peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary" to protect South Korea and stabilize the region.

Pence visited a military base near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders and to meet with American troops stationed there. The joint U.S.-South Korean military camp is just outside the 2.5-mile-wide DMZ. He later stood a few meters from the military demarcation line outside Freedom House, gazing at two North Korean soldiers across the border and then a deforested stretch of North Korea from a lookout post in the hillside.

Trump himself asserted on Sunday that China was working with the United States on "the North Korea problem." His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the U.S. would rely on its allies as well as on Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

McMaster cited Trump's recent decision to order missile strikes in Syria after a chemical attack blamed on the Assad government as a sign that the president "is clearly comfortable making tough decisions." But at the same time, McMaster said on "This Week" on ABC, "it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully."

The bottom line, McMaster said, is to stop the North's weapons development and make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free. "It's clear that the president is determined not to allow this kind of capability to threaten the United States. And our president will take action that is in the best interest of the American people," he said.




    PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report)—In a major foreign-policy coup for the Trump Administration, North Korea offered to unconditionally abandon its nuclear program on Monday, after Mike Pence spent several minutes angrily squinting at the nation from just across the border.

    Warning North Korea that the United States had jettisoned its policy of “strategic patience” and that “all options were on the table,” Pence fixed his steely glare on the isolated Communist nation and began furiously staring it down.

    After Pence spent between five and six minutes demonstrating U.S. resolve by squinting indignantly, the government in Pyongyang released a statement indicating that North Korea’s nuclear ambitions were a thing of the past.

    “We will henceforth abandon our nuclear program and dismantle all existing nuclear facilities,” read the official statement from North Korean President Kim Jong-un. “In exchange, we request that Mike Pence stop giving us that really mean look.”

    Moments after the North Korean statement, Pence ordered his facial muscles to stand down, and the Vice-President’s face assumed a peacetime footing.

    At the White House, press secretary Sean Spicer said that the successful U.S. action in North Korea should “send a strong message to barbaric dictators around the world that the United States stands ready to use the full force and fury of Mike Pence’s angry face.”

    Spicer said that, after leaving North Korea, Pence was dispatched to Mosul, Iraq, where he is scheduled to spend several minutes angrily squinting at isis.
  • For once I am in agreement with the Trump administration. Over 50+years of patience and turning the other cheek is over.
  • How many U.S citizens killed since the end of the Korean War due to direct actions of the North Korean govt?
  • " How many U.S citizens killed since the end of the Korean War due to direct actions of the North Korean govt?"

    ×April 27, 1965: Two North Korean MiG-17s attack a United States EC-121 Warning Star reconnaissance plane above the Sea of Japan, 80 km (50 mi) from the North Korean shore. The aircraft was damaged, but managed to land at Yokota Air Base, Japan.[9][10]
    October 1966–October 1969: The Korean DMZ Conflict, a series of skirmishes along the DMZ, results in 43 American, 299 South Korean and 397 North Korean soldiers killed.

    ×January 23, 1968: The United States Naval ship the USS Pueblo is boarded and captured, along with its crew, by North Korean forces in the Sea of Japan. The entire crew of 83 is captured, with the exception of one sailor killed in the initial attack on the vessel, and the vessel was taken to a North Korean port.

    ×April 15, 1969: An EC-121, US reconnaissance plane is shot down 90 miles (140 km) east of the North Korean coast, leaving 31 dead.

    ×November 1969: Four US soldiers are killed by North Koreans in the Demilitarized Zone.

    ×1974: The first North Korean infiltration tunnel into ROK is discovered. Three following tunnels were found in 1975, 1978, 1990.[8] The joint ROK-U.S. investigation team trip a North Korean booby-trap, killing one American and wounding 6 others.

    ×August 18, 1976: The Axe murder incident— an attempt to trim a tree in the Demilitarized Zone near Panmunjom— ends with two US soldiers dead and injuries to another four U.S. soldiers and five South Korean soldiers.

    ×July 14, 1977: An American CH-47 Chinook helicopter is shot down after straying into the north over the DMZ. Three airmen are killed and one is briefly held prisoner (this was the sixth such incident since the armistice was signed).
  • Thanks PS for the info...COLD WAR TIME. What happened after the 70s...till now? Who benefits from U.S bombing anywhere in NK? Whats the real upside of that?
  • I believe you asked this question @SakaSaka "How many U.S citizens killed since the end of the Korean War due to direct actions of the North Korean govt?"

    And i answered that. Then your remark to that is OLD WAR TIME. I answered and you made an excuse. WoW! As for who benefits is simple. The World benefits. The people of Japan, South Korea, China, Philippines, Guam, Taiwan, and the people of Micronesia. All these countries are all within range of a North Korean ICBM if ever they get one. And another thing the US hasn't bomb North Korea. ....YET! The Trump is using the economic side to make China reign in its North Korean ally. If the diplomatic route fail then there's no other choice but use the military. North Korea possess the atom bomb. All it needs now to carry out its sworn threat to rain down hell fire in Oregon, California, Japan, South Korea, Guam, and the western unite states is a working ICBM. The North Korean send assassins to kill his own brother. That alone show us what kind of man he is.
  • edited April 2017
    So that facial expression of Pence really did work on poor Kim-Chee! How convenient!

    Funny how looks can be so intimidating to a Head of State.
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