Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Pence Tells North Korea: 'The Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over'

Tension spikes over N. Korea, but Pyongyang barely notices Abe says Japan planning for refugees in case Korean crisis erupts
Debra Rodriguez | 18 April, 2017, 18:04

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attends with South Korean acting president and prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn during their joint press conference on April 17, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

On Sunday, Pyongyang conducted its latest missile test, which the USA and South Korea said crashed in failure after only a few seconds upon launch.

Abe's disclosure came in response to a question that had been occasionally asked in the past but is now more realistic than ever with North Korea's missile capability rapidly advancing and tension with the US rising.

The US Vice President will leave for Japan on Tuesday.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has been diverted back to the waters off the Korean peninsula after heading for Australia , and US satellite imagery suggests the North could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time. Vice President Pence talked very tough today...

"Got to behave", said Trump.

For more than two decades the United States and our allies have worked to peacefully dismantle North Korea's nuclear program and alleviate the suffering of their people. "The problem will be taken care of".

Along with the deployment of the Naval aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were also deployed last month in their biggest-ever joint military exercises.

"Whatever they do, this is clear aggression".

North Korea rolled out what it claimed were intercontinental ballistic missiles at a parade on Saturday, but according to former Defense Secretary William Perry, it would never use them in a first strike.

According to the adviser, the test had been expected and the US had good intelligence both before and after the launch.

It is unclear if the USA had any role in the missile's failure. "Our toughest counteraction against the US and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive". While the North did not conduct a nuclear test, the spectre of a potential test and an escalated USA response has trailed Pence as he undertakes his Asian tour.

North Korea has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions and has said it has developed a missile that can strike the USA mainland. "If those businessmen in power in the United States thought of intimidating us by any military or sanction threats - as the [Barack] Obama administration used to do and failed - they will soon find out such threats are useless", Sin said.

The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.

The demilitarized zone (DMZ) is a heavily mined, four-km-wide (2.5-mile-wide) strip of land lined with barbed wire running across the Korean peninsula, with soldiers on both sides in a continual eyeball-to-eyeball standoff. Pence displays in his office his father's Bronze Star and a photograph of his father receiving the honor.

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