Mike Pence Visits The DMZ, Says "Era Of Strategic Patience" With North Korea Is Over

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In the midst of a 10-day Asia trip, Vice President Pence made an unannounced visit to the 4km-wide heavily-mined demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas where he met with troops, encouraged China to take action against North Kore, and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over."

As the brown bomber jacket-clad vice president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor, according to AP.

Pence said he was “heartened” by early signs from China and hoped its leaders would “use the extraordinary levers they have” to prod Kim into giving up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. He repeated President Donald Trump’s warning that the U.S. would act without China if necessary. “Either China will deal with this problem or the United States and its allies will,” Pence said on Monday. “We want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path.”

“President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change,” Pence told reporters. “We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.”

Pence praised the “historic, iron-clad alliance” between the US and South Korea, not ruling out a military solution of the Korean standoff. “All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country,” said Pence, while adding that Trump would not discuss specific military tactics.

He said the relationship with South Korea is "ironclad and immutable" and reiterated the "resolve of the people of the United States and the President of the United States" to achieve security "through peaceable means, through negotiations. "But all options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of South Korea for denuclearization of  this peninsula and for the long term prosperity and freedom of the people of South Korea," he added.

He said he was hopes China would help solve the problem, adding, "we look for them to do more."

"The message of the people of the United States of America is that we seek peace, but America has always sought peace through strength."

Asked for a message to the people of North Korea, Pence said: "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. The alliance between South Korea and the United States is ironclad." 

Pointing to the quarter-century since the United States first confronted North Korea over its attempts to build nuclear weapons, the vice president said a period of patience had followed.

"But the era of strategic patience is over," he declared. "President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable."

Meanwhile, China made a plea for a return to negotiations. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Monday that tensions need to be eased on the Korean Peninsula to bring the escalating dispute there to a peaceful resolution. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that U.S. plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

In Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking to a parliamentary session Monday, said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace. But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless."

"We need to apply pressure on North Korea so they seriously respond to a dialogue" with the international community, he said, urging China and Russia to play more constructive roles on the issue.

Pence's visit, full of Cold War symbolism, came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula. While the North did not conduct a nuclear test, the specter of a potential test and an escalated U.S. response has trailed Pence as he undertakes his Asian tour.

Trump wrote Sunday on Twitter that China was working with the United States on "the North Korea problem." His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the U.S. would rely on its allies as well as Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

McMaster cited Trump's recent decision to order missile strikes in Syria after a chemical attack blamed on the Assad government, as a sign that the president "is clearly comfortable making tough decisions." But at the same time, McMaster said on "This Week" on ABC that "it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully." The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations. Last week, Trump said he would not declare China a currency manipulator, pulling back from a campaign promise, as he looked for help from Beijing, which is the North's dominant trade partner.

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Omega_Man's picture

photo of Pence reminds me of photos of Kim...

PT's picture

So I guess TPTB really want to get that North Korean Central Bank up and running now.

07564111's picture

In addition to the Carl Vinson, next week the Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz will be in the Sea of Japan.

kliguy38's picture

We're sooo lucky to have a great war leader like Pence ready to take over...........

Fake Trump's picture

There is nothing for him to take over. He is merely for decoration. 

MillionDollarButter's picture

Looking forward to those blackmail photos of Dennis Rodman.  They must be pretty bad.

evoila's picture

the North Koreans should have made an attempt on him. As a US citizen i wouldn't want to see that, but strategically, I think it makes sense for them.

Jim Sampson's picture

"What's that thing?"

"Uh...  those are binoculars."

Fake Trump's picture

There is nothing for him to take over. He is merely for decoration. 

Déjà view's picture

64 years...and $64,000 question...

"Old Soldiers Never Die"...

~ Douglas MacArthur

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Perhaps not old American soliders, but shit like this makes it FAR more likely a bunch of YOUNG American soldiers die.  With any luck, in a few years N Korea could clean up San Fran's Tenderloin area, LA's Compton-Long Beach, or some other W Coast shithole.  At that point, the US would be justified in obliviating N Korea, no boots on the ground (other than the ones in the rad suits looking for new strange life) necessary. 

Thom Paine's picture

Russia and China thinking, now if we can just get a few more battle groups crowded in off South Korea, maybe we will sit back and see if NK can sneek a nuke there somehow.

1000yrdstare's picture

CIA and Mossad thinking, now if we can just get a few more battle groups crowded in off South Korea, maybe we can sneek a nuke there somehow.



Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Israel HAS demonstrated its ability to strike US warships . . .

land_of_the_few's picture

Probably not a great idea to let small boats get near them.

fleur de lis's picture

The USS Liberty atrocity has been airbrushed out of history.

DC really disgraced itself on that issue.

Fake Trump's picture

Kim loves them. The more the merrier. 

beijing expat's picture

As always, the closer they are to shore, the easier they are to sink.

When they move out to sea, then you can anticipate trouble.

i poop pink ice cream's picture

Yes; the Zionist Global Banking Cabal (ZGBC) must take control of the North Korean banking system ASAP. "

Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws". Mayer Amschel Rothschild

doctor10's picture

the norks can hardly light off a sparkler successfully. Nothing there SK couldn't take care of on their own in this day and age.....ooops mebbe thats the problem?!

Slomotrainwreck's picture

"the era of strategic patience is over."  ... because we want WAR dammit!

yogibear's picture

Pence reminds one of the bad guy in a James Bond movie, white hair.

Fake Trump's picture

Give him a cat to stroke.

11b40's picture

Why does this guy haul his wife around everywhere he goes....and daughter, too?

Arnold's picture

Are those binocs set for a normal height person?
Or east Asian shorter average?
Or is Pensive just a midget?

tuetenueggel's picture

you intimidate a great artist !!

Not OK

lester1's picture

Bush and Obama ignored North Korea for 16 years!..You libertarians  and liberals fail to understand that North Korea now has the technology to hit Hawaii or California with an ICBM missile and a nuke. You guys cool with that?

Starvation 2017's picture

What? You actually buy that rhetoric?

What NK says and what NK does are two different things. These endless "threats" are nothing more than political posturing because those in power wish to stay in power. NK knows that the moment they actually deliver on a threat is the day they are bombed to extinction.

Thinking that the leaders of NK are somehow stupid or crazy just shows the extent of your arrogance, as if they are incapable of connecting those dots themselves.

tuetenueggel's picture

Pence is a little less fat. Kim has more hair.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

I'm surprised we didn't see him parachute to the deck of the Carl Vinson ala Chimpy McFlightsuit.

Wahooo's picture

Peace With Strength = Slavery For Rest of the World

Jubal Early's picture

Having a "defence" budget equal to the rest of the world combined is only the tip of the iceberg.  The real mass of the iceberg lurking underwater is the ability to write the history that goes with full spectrum dominance.  This ownership of the narrative not only makes playing the game 10 times dirtier than anyone else possible, it also makes winning, or at least not losing, that much more important than the victoy itself.  This is why these wars are allowed to drag on forever, because loss of it would mean that the enemy would get to explain what crimes had been committed against it.


Global Hunter's picture

Mike before going to the photo shoot at the DMZ we'd like you to report to wardrobe and find a leather bomber jacket to wear.

Robert Trip's picture

Pence looks like a goof in that military jacket.

tuetenueggel's picture

not only in thta jkt but also without, because he is one

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Where are the ivory handled pistols??

Fake Trump's picture

Between Ivanka's thighs next to that freshy hole.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Between Ivanka's thighs next to that freshy hole."

Well Done!

tuetenueggel's picture

and the crosswise amunition belts over your chest

Arnold's picture

Any sort of indication of rank used to attract lead poisoning.
For god's sake man, cover up.

tuetenueggel's picture

Best with written on :  ""Mission accomplished"" and a german WW2 helmet with $$ on..

Wouw that would be impressing.

new game's picture

so game on it is...

can't wait s/

Thom Paine's picture

Roll the dice Trump, see how your luck is.

I'm sure South Korea is there with you at the craps table.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Would S Korea exist, if it had no Seoul?

new game's picture

why is the secret service guy always fiddling with his dark shades?

SubjectivObject's picture

Truth be told; bad reception.

Swamp Yankee's picture

"Always give an enemy you do not intend to anhililate an avenue of escape because if you do not, and you press him, he will come at your thoat with all of his  strength because you have given him no choice"  - Sun Tzu.


Please proceed with caution Mr Vice President.