Tough Talk On North Korea

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 18, 2017

USA military drills and provocations risk destabilizing the Korean peninsula, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations has warned, possibly plunging the region into a nuclear war.

Pointing to Donald Trump's recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, Mr Pence said, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve".

Pence's visit to Northeast Asia comes at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea's defiant efforts to ultimately develop a nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland, and the Trump administration's determination to prevent that from happening.

Kim stressed that U.S.

The U.S. technically remains at war with North Korea, since a peace treaty was never signed after the end of the Korean War in 1953.

Several times in recent weeks, President Trump has used his Twitter account to admonish the North Koreans.

"Over the past 18 months, North Korea has conducted two unlawful nuclear tests and an unprecedented number of ballistic missile tests, even conducting a failed missile launch as I traveled here for this visit".

In the meantime, here's how Americans at home are reacting to the Trump administration's efforts.

United States vice president Mike Pence has warned North Korea the "era of strategic patience is over" as he visited the Korean Demilitarised Zone within 24 hours of Pyongyang's failed missile test. That drew an immediate response from North Korean officials who said they would not hesitate to use their nuclear arsenal - believed to contain up to 20 bombs.

McMaster said that while the Chinese appear to have applied pressure on North Korea, Washington insists that all options are still on the table.

North Korea will never beg for peace, but will take "the toughest counteractions against the provocateur" and hold the U.S.

He warned that as long as the United States and its allies "scheme to bring down the socialist system in the DPRK", the government will keep increasing "its military muscle" to protect the country.

During his official visit, US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the US's message regarding North Korea's defiant and unacceptable nuclear activity.

He said rolling back the hostile USA policy toward the DPRK "is the precondition to solving all the problems in the Korean Peninsula". In it, he slammed the recent USA missile strikes on Syria as a "flagrant act of aggression", according to the Korean Central News Agency, the government mouthpiece.

The warnings are the latest an an increasingly tense standoff between the United States and North Korea.

Instead he reiterated two Chinese proposals that the US rejected.

Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise trip the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Monday, reportedly breaking his security plan in order to get a closer look at North Korean troops amid increased tensions in the region. Army Gen. Lee Sun-jin is South Korea's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But China furiously objects to its deployment, saying it could spy on its own defense installations, and has taken apparent retaliatory action against South Korean firms operating in its country.

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