On North Korean border, Pence tells CNN US will drop 'failed policy'

He said North Korea's measures to bolster its nuclear forces are self-defensive "to cope with the USA vicious nuclear threat and blackmail".

Pence arrived in South Korea just hours after a North Korean ballistic missile "blew up nearly immediately" upon launch, the U.S. Pacific Command said. North Korea fired a ballistic missile just days after Trump vowed to deal with the North Korean problem, with or without China.

Pence said "the era of strategic patience is over" and that the Trump administration has pushed and received a new commitment from China to step up its efforts to see a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Earlier during his trip, Pence said he hopes the issue can be resolved peaceably.

The visit to the Demilitarised Zone allowed the vice president - whose father fought in the Korean War - to look at North Korean soldiers from afar and gaze directly across a border marked by razor wire.

Pence told reporters that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program, a day after the North's failed missile test launch.

China is urging a return to negotiations over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons after Vice President Mike Pence warned that the us has lost its patience with the regime.

North Korean state media last week warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, but the White House said there was no evidence it possessed that capability.

"But the era of strategic patience is over", he declared.

We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons.

Vice President Mike Pence says the US 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.

"It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US -- through cyber methods -- has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail", Rifkind told the BBC on Sunday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits at the border village of Panmunjom which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Monday, April 17, 2017.

We expect more wisdom from the United States to avoid unilateral actions against the Democratic People " s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov said today.

But foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang distanced his government from the decision and said it was purely "market-based".

Lu says China wants to resume multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009.

"Whatever change happens in your elections the commitment of the US to South Korea's safety and security will remain unchanged", Pence said.

"I'm absolutely terrified [of USA attacking] because you remember [Trump] during the campaign said if someone hits, you gotta hit him back harder, and that's [North Korea's] exact mentality, . the scariest part is, there are 100 to 200,000 people in concentration camps in North Korea right now - you can see the camps on Google Earth - and people in these camps are told explicitly and constantly, 'if the USA imperialists invade we will kill you all and burn these camps down.' So if there's an attack we might be looking at genocide within a day".

The vice president visited a military installation near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders.

  • Leroy Wright