US Vice President Mike Pence while at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, said that North Korea should understand that the President Trumps administration approach toward the DPRK will be different from previous administration, as US will drop failed policy on Pyongyang, Stingged has learned.
“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 exclusive interview at the DMZ.
The US is relying heavily on China to help achieve this new measure to help weigh down Pyongyang’s nuclear missile programmes.
“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.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu on Monday during a daily briefing said that it is the responsibility of all countries including the US and China — to reach a peaceful solution.
“Resolving this issue requires all relevant parties, especially parties that bear major responsibility and play a key role in this issue, to work in the same direction and make a joint effort,” he said.
North’s ‘nuclear’ buildup
The Democratic Republic of Korea commenced it nuclear ambitions during the Clinton administration which tried to foil such ambitions with a failed democratic approach.
After North Korea breached the diplomatic agreement when it furthered its nuclear buildup; the Bush administration also tried to pressure on the regime after it came up with the termed “six-party-talks” which equally failed seeing North Korea launching its first missile in 2006.
Having launched four more missiles during the Obama administration analyst are now saying Pyongyang might have the capability to hit the continental US by 2020 with its missiles.
When Mr. Vice President was asked about that he replied after a long pause.
“I know the President of the United States has no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people. The presence of US forces here in South Korea are a long-standing commitment to the Asia Pacific. And insuring the security of the continental US will be a priority in this administration.
“Look, we want to be clear: our hope and frankly our prayer is that by marshaling the resources of nations across the Asian Pacific — not just South Korea, Japan, other allies — and China bringing renewed pressure to bear,” he said.
Pence walks around
Pence was expected to stay inside the glass enclosed Freedom House at the DMZ and not get close towards the military demarcation line (DML) outside, where North Korean soldiers are standing.
However, the vice president declared he wanted to go outside and he walked around taking a look at the DPRK’s landscape. North Korean soldiers on the other side of the MDL promptly came outside to take photograph of Pence as he walked on.
Pence was also spotted at the Observation Point Ouellette, a position wherefrom North Korean hills can be seen and the country’s broadcast machines could be heard blaring music and political messages across the DMZ.
It is interesting to know that Pence father was also in the US military and fought during the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star.
Pence first trip to the Korean Peninsula reminded him of his father, 2nd Lt. Edward J. Pence, Jr., US Army, who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War.
The US military officials briefed Pence about the Battle of Pork Chop Hill, a place where his father earned his medal.
“It’s very meaningful for me and my family to be here. So many years after my father’s service. To be honest with you, my dad didn’t talk about his combat experience much until we were all grown up. It was a lot of tough fighting here,” Pence told CNN.
“I think, in some way, my Dad just might be smiling from heaven to see the sacrifices that he and other American soldiers and South Korean soldiers made here are now passed on to my generation. That’s not changed out our commitment to the secure and prosperity of South Korea.”