Pence Issues North Korea Another Strong Warning: "Sword Stands Ready"
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 19:11
Pence, on a 10-day Asia trip that will also take him to Indonesia and Australia, said Trump hopes China will use its leverage to get its longtime ally North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missiles. And you know, you're talking about thousands of years and many wars.
The United States will not be negotiating directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un anytime soon, Vice President Mike Pence told CNN in an exclusive interview.
Pence's meeting in Seoul with business leaders comes before he heads to Tokyo later on Tuesday, where he will meet Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso and kick off talks that Washington hopes will open doors for US -made products.
Park Chan-ki, an official at the Trade Ministry, said the U.S. hasn't made any official request to start talks about reforming the U.S. -Korea trade agreement.
American Vice-President Mike Pence is in Japan on his tour of Pacific and Asian allies, reassuring them of America's unwavering support.
As he stood aboard the aircraft carrier, Pence said President Donald J. Trump sent him to thank USA and Japanese service members who have "stood up and stepped forward to protect our countries, our values and our very way of life".
Pence said he had spoken with US President Donald Trump and by 2020 some 60 percent of the US naval fleet would be in the region and Japan's role will grow.
He continued speaking directly to activity in the South China Sea - where China has also laid claims to territory belonging to five other nations - claims rejected by the worldwide legal system in a July 2016 verdict.
The vice president, who spent the Easter holiday in South Korea where 28,000 American troops are stationed, mentioned the recent bombings in Syria and Afghanistan carried out by USA military forces, suggesting that the Trump administration only had so much patience and was entirely willing to use military options if North Korea continued with what he referred to as provocations.
"China expresses serious concern with recent trends about North Korea's nuclear and missile development", he said.
He noted how Japanese businesses were creating jobs in the US through trade and direct investment, citing SoftBank Group and Toyota Motor. It goes on to say that South Korea's military police took part. He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail.
"China has real ability to sort of impede the supply chain into North Korea".
He added, "Now all options are on the table, and there they will remain".
"The point the President was making is that we're ready".
At the beginning of the meeting, Abe emphatically said: "Unlike the former administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, which pursued a policy of 'strategic patience, ' the administration of Donald Trump is trying to deal with the problem by thinking that all options are on the table". But it remains unclear what might come next. However, according to reported remarks by Pence at various stops, the Trump Administration is holding off from extreme action, and looking to China, too.
He said with the aim to "move toward a system that maximizes jobs and growth and brighter future" for the people of both countries, "We will work with you toward that end as we reform KORUS in the days ahead".