North Korea: Mike Pence says 'time for failed dialogue is over'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 1:39
"We've moved into an era where President Trump is absolutely committed to marshaling the energy of the world community, of countries in the Asian Pacific to use economic and diplomatic power to isolate North Korea and achieve the goal of a de-nuclearized Korean peninsula", Mr. Pence said.
Keeping up the verbal volleying, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States of turning the Korean peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a unsafe situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment".
South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that South Korea would strengthen its alliance with the United States and closely cooperate with China to rein in North Korea. It allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire. As the brown bomber jacket-clad vice president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor.
"But the era of strategic patience is over", he declared.
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Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday, April 18, from South Korea and reassured Japan of U.S. commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions in a series of meetings with Japanese leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Asked by a reporter what message he had for North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-Un on Monday, Trump replied "Gotta behave". -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday that China was ready to work "with all relevant countries" within the framework of the UN Security Council.
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"We'll be conducting more missile tests" before confirming they were planning for "all out war" should the USA involve themselves.
U.S. vice president Mike Pence said on Wednesday, April 19, that Washington would work with its allies and China to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea but added that America would defeat any attack with an "overwhelming response".
But, mindful that this would likely trigger massive retaliation and casualties in South Korea and Japan, US officials say the Trump administration's main focus is on tougher economic sanctions.
Mr Pence's comments, delivered in Japan, came a day after he spoke in South Korea where he said the "the era of strategic patience is over", a comment that was widely seen as hinting at U.S. military action.
The new forum for trade talks was launched by Trump and Abe during the Japanese leader's visit to the U.S.in February. -South Korean military camp, which is just outside the 2.5-mile (4.02-kilometer)-wide DMZ.
Pence arrived in Japan after visiting South Korea and leaves for Indonesia later on Wednesday.
US Vice President Mike Pence during his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".
Pence struck a stern tone as he began talks with Abe and other Japanese leaders after arriving at a USA naval base from South Korea.
Pence's visit came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.