U.S. vice president Mike Pence warned North Korea about the strength of the U.S. military and the resolve of President Donald Trump, which were seen during the recent strikes in Afghanistan and Syria.
During a press conference with South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-an, Pence said, “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”
Pence visited South Korea as part of his four-nation tour in Asia to show that the United States is not turning its back on allies in the region. His visit also serves as a reminder to adversaries such as North Korea that the U.S. is ready to support, protect, and fight alongside its allies in Asia.
Trump ordered a targeted cruise missile strike on Syria’s Shayrat airfield on April 6 in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad’s regime that killed dozens of people including many children in the Southern Idlib Province.
The U.S. Military’s action against Syria was to deter future use of chemical weapons and to show that America will not stand and watch Assad murdering innocent people with chemical weapons.
North Korean President Kim Jong-un sent a letter to Assad expressing his strong support and alliance to the Syrian government and its people. He also condemned the United States’ recent strike on Syria as a “violent invasive act.”
On Thursday, the U.S. Military struck ISIS militants in Afghanistan with its “mother or all bombs” officially known as GBU-43/Bomb Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB). Thirty-six ISIS militants were killed in the bombing.
Pence says U.S. will abandon policy of strategic patience
In an interview with CNN, Pence said North Korea must understand that Trump’s approach with Kim Jung-un’s administration is different from former U.S. presidents. He said the U.S. policy of strategic patience is over.
“We’re going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we’re going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably,” said Pence.
Pence explained that the U.S. government would depend on China to use its “extraordinary levers” to pressure Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
“I know the President was heartened by his discussions with President Xi (Jinping). We’ve seen China begin to take some actions to bring pressure on North Korea, but there needs to be more,” said the U.S. Vice President.
North Korea showed off missiles
North Korea showed off its military arsenal including two new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missile during its annual military parade on Saturday. Pyongyang also attempted to launch a missile, but failed on Sunday.
North Korea stated in the past that it would continue to build and improves nuclear weapons to protect itself from the United States. Its objective is to become a nuclear state. Its Foreign Ministry previously expressed that its government is “not interested at all in any dialogue to discuss the issue of making it freeze or dismantle its nukes unilaterally.”
Political experts suggested that the Kim Dynasty wants North Korea to become a nuclear state because of its belief that the U.S. will not invade a country with nuclear weapons.
There had been reports that Pyongyang could have a nuclear missile that could reach the United States by the year 2020. When asked about that, Pence said, “I know the President of the United States has no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people.”
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