Pence warns North Korea: Don’t test US strength, resolve


 

The U.S. Navy rerouted an aircraft carrier strike group to the region earlier this month as tensions were building, and President Trump has repeatedly tweeted that the United States will take action to stop North Korea if China, its closest ally, doesn’t.

He said the USA and its allies would deal with the situation “through peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary”.

The remarks came just a day after a failed missile launch by the North, which Mr Pence described as a “provocation” on his arrival in South Korea.

Following a trip to the heavily guarded inter-Korean border earlier in the day, the vice president vowed the allies would defeat any North Korean attack through “an overwhelming and effective response”.

The Pentagon dropped the so-called Mother of All Bombs, or the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), on ISIS tunnels and caves in Afghanistan on Thursday, which was seen as a warning to Pyongyang.

“We need to apply pressure on North Korea so they seriously respond to a dialogue” with the global community.

President Nixon wrestled with it back in 1969, when North Korea shot down a USA spy plane, killing all 31 on board.

Pence said he had spoken with President Donald Trump, who asked to convey to the troops in South Korea that “we’re proud of you and we’re grateful for your service”.

“It is heartening to see China commit to these actions”. “It’s clear that the president is determined not to allow this kind of capability to threaten the United States”.

Administration officials say the situation has become more risky, but that no decision has been made about how to react to any new provocation by North Korea. And the President has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons.

But more likely it’s because the prospect of U.S. military action to “solve” what Donald Trump describes as the “menace” of North Korea, no matter how tough that sounds, would have such devastating consequences as to render it all but unthinkable.

“This exercise will rigorously test our aerial combat capability and highlights the ironclad commitment between the USA and (South Korea)”, said Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, commander of the 7th Air Force. He said the two stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” and that the alliance “will even be stronger” under the Trump leadership.

He has repeatedly said if China, North Korea’s dominant trading partner, is unwilling to do more to pressure the North, the US might take the matter into its own hands.

“North Korea is a liability to everybody and it’s a threat not just to the United States, not just to South Korea, not just to Japan, not just to Russian Federation, but it’s actually a threat to China as well”, McFarland said Sunday on “Fox News Sunday”.

U.S. Vice President said Trump and Xi “reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula” and “committed to fully implement” UN Security Council resolutions while noting “urgency of the threats posed by North Korea’s weapons program”.

In the wake of North Korea’s failed medium-range missile test this weekend, President Donald Trump is willing to consider ordering “kinetic” military action, including a sudden strike, to counteract North Korea’s destabilizing actions in the region, said a person familiar with the White House’s thinking.

Pence arrived in Seoul on Sunday for a 10-day tour of four Asian countries.

Now, some estimates are that North Korea may have the capability to launch a missile that could hit the continental United States by the year 2020. “And so it’s time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully”.

His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the US would rely on its allies as well as on Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

While most of the candidates support THAAD, Moon has come out in favor of delaying its deployment until a new president takes office and has a chance to review the issue and address China’s security concerns through diplomacy and engagement.

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