WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017 – Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the Demilitarized Zone on the border of North Korea and South Korea. Pence has said that the White House is doubling up on efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure against North Korea. The White House is strongly relying on China to help keep North Korea in check.
North Korea began strengthening its nuclear program during the Clinton years, who attempted to stop the North Korean regime with a diplomatic agreement. Both President Bush and President Obama tried to persuade North Korea to halt its nuclear program. Analysts believe that North Korea may have to ability to launch a missile that could hit the continental United States by 2020.
“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,” Pence said.
Despite having a security plan, Pence left the Freedom House and stepped towards the military demarcation line. North Korean soldiers spotted Pence at the line and began to take pictures. Pence arrived in South Korea to start a 10-day trip through Asia. Trump has begun to take a tougher stance against North Korea and has deployed a Navy aircraft carrier into waters off the Korean Peninsula.
Pence’s visit comes 64 years after his father was awarded the Bronze Star in the Korean War. Pence warned North Korea that they should not test President Trump and that the recent airstrikes showed the resolve of the president. Pence is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday before he meets with Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso.
The Trump administration has said all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with North Korea. However, Homeland Security Director H.R. McMaster has said that Trump is not considering military action at this time. Trump is finally showing the world that America is back in the driver’s seat and will respond strategically to any threat a nation poses across the globe.
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