dglobalnews.com Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'
Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'

"Such signals would not include things like launching illegal missiles like what happened over the weekend", she added.

South Korea, which accuses China or discriminating against some South Korean companies working in China, and the United States say the sole goal of THAAD is to guard against North Korean missiles.

In this file image made from video released by KRT on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, North Korea launches four missiles in an undisclosed location North Korea. He also reaffirmed that the US stands with the people of South Korea.

However, a US foreign policy adviser travelling with Pence sought to defuse some of the tension, saying Sunday's test of what was believed to be a medium-range missile had come as no surprise.

Pence was speaking in South Korea shortly after a failed North Korean missile test.

But a lot has been said since then.

Pence, kicking off a 10-day Asian tour in Seoul, spoke at a joint news conference with South Korean acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn one day after North Korea's latest failed missile test. Pence pointed to recent USA military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan as proof of President Trump's resolve.

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the recent USA bombings of Syria and Afghanistan were nothing but a warning message for North Korea, contradicting earlier statements from the White House. The most recent incident was in September last year.Echoing the remarks of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on North Korea last month, Pence said the "era of strategic patience is over". "The Chinese will be in a better position to make a deal with him if they were to help reduce the threat posed by North Korea under its present leadership".

"The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea, should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies", he said.

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In recent weeks, U.S. Pacific Command instructed the U.S.S. Carl Vinson naval strike group to head to the region in a show of force meant to deter North Korea from conducting further missile or nuclear tests.

He also said that an "all out war" was a possibility if the United States responded by taking military action against Pyongyang, The Daily Mail reported.

Once soft on Russian Federation and hard on China, President Donald Trump rapidly reversed course in the last weeks, concluding there's more business to be done with Beijing than with Moscow. He says any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea will be met with "an overwhelming and effective response".

"It's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully", he said on ABC's "This Week" programme.

Mr Pence called on China, which has always been considered North Korea only significant strategic ally, to use its "extraordinary levers" to persuade the isolationist state to give up its nuclear arms.

He also reaffirmed that the allies will continue to delay a USA missile defense system, stressing the "defensive measure" is "called for by and called for the alliance".

He urged North Korea to "take all the steps necessary to de-escalate the situation and return to dialogue on denuclearization".

Trump acknowledged on Sunday that the softer line he has taken on China's management of its currency was linked to its help on North Korea.

"With minimal exception of Russia, China is [North Korea's] only window into [the] outside world and provides it much of its fuel, food and technical goods". The day before, it "brandished what appeared to be long-range and submarine-based missiles as part of a military parade, celebrating the 105 birthday of its late founder, Kim Il Sung", as we reported.

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