Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to the Korean de-militarized zone (DMZ) on Monday and he didn’t leave without sending a stern warning to the tinpot regime in North Korea.
“Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve — or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”
Pence was exuding nothing but strength while making his appearance on the DMZ, and it appears that his message likely made it’s way back to his intended audience. As Pence stood on the border he stared stone-faced at the North Korean soldiers who stood watching him. Pence wore a leather bomber jacket, complete with American flag patch and intently surveyed the DMZ as North Korean soldiers took pictures and warily watched his entourage as they took in the sights.
While Pence spoke sternly of the North Koreans and his words surely had an edge, his comments stand in opposition to previous statements from the administration about their desire to resolve any conflict with North Korea, peacefully. In fact, Pence himself argued that the United States would make every effort to avoid any military response to the situation, “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’s trip to the DMZ and his comments come just one day after National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster also seemed to say that the Trump administration would use every option short of a military one, in dealing with the North Koreans. “It’s time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully,” McMaster told ABC’s Martha Raddatz.