Mike Pence warns North Korea of an end to an ‘era of strategic patience’
While visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed support for the ally to the South and said America is done with the failed “era of strategic patience.” with the enemies in North Korea.
“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,” Pence said in an interview posted by CNN.
“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,” Pence said.
Speaking alongside South Korea’s acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn later, he said North Korea had conducted nuclear and missile tests as the previous US administration had observed a policy of “strategic patience,” but this was now over.
He reiterated US support for South Korea, telling his host: “We are with you 100%”
Hours earlier, North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. North Korean regime began its nuclear program in earnest during the Clinton administration. The Bush administration tried global pressure with the so-called “six party talks,” but those failed too, and North Korea launched its first nuclear test in 2006.