Mike Pence: Era of 'strategic patience' with North Korea is over
Mike Pence: Era of 'strategic patience' with North Korea is over
21 Abril, 2017, 02:26
The Trump team has signaled it intends to chart a new path when it comes to dealing with North Korea, though analysts say there aren't too many new options to try. The country's United Nations envoy, Kim In Ryong, said this week that the USA had pushed the Korean Peninsula to the "brink of war".
Pence noted that part of that effort included the goal of bringing about a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
The Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, now on a 10-day long tour of Asia, arrived at the second stop of his tour as he landed in Tokyo on Thursday.
The U.S. hope is to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea by working with China, Japan and other allies in the region through peaceable means, the vice president added. The joint U.S. -South Korean military camp is just outside the 2.5-mile-wide DMZ.
"When you look at two nuclear tests in the a year ago alone, you look at an unprecedented number of ballistic missile launches, there's no question that North Korea represents the most risky and most immediate threat in the Asian pacific".
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A day after North Korea launched its latest test missile, an experiment that ultimately fizzled out, Mr Pence said the USA was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to persuade the North to give up its nuclear arms. The strike group was now heading to the Western Pacific "as a prudent measure" following a "curtailed" period of training with Australia, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Commander Dave Benham said on Wednesday.
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"I think at the 100-day marker, the American people are going to conclude what I have concluded: President (Donald) Trump is off to a great start". The pressure will keep ratcheting up until Pyongyang stops conducting missile tests and demonstrates it is willing to engage in negotiations, said Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs. The trip so far has been dominated by USA and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts.
Earlier this month, on Trump's command, the U.S. military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians.
US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed that the two countries need to persuade China to play a larger role in dealing with North Korea.
But any strikes against the North would probably bring the United States into a diplomatic crisis with China, the North's main economic lifeline.
Along with the deployment of the USA aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were deployed last month in their biggest joint military exercises.
"They are listening", Bash first posed to the Vice President in Tokyo, Japan. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.
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North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The next step would be to bring home the 54,000 US troops stationed in Japan and another 25,000 troops in South Korea.
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The country has been on a war footing since Kim Il-sung founded North Korea in 1948 after decades of Japanese occupation. North Korea has a track record of escalating and then lowering tensions to win diplomatic and economic benefits.
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