Amid tensions, Pence visits military camp near Korean DMZ
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 2:27
The U.S. had good intelligence both before and after the launch, said a White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Vice President Mike Pence, who arrived in Seoul in the afternoon to start a 10-day trip to Asia.
"But the era of strategic patience is over", he declared.
In his ABC interview, McMaster said Trump had directed U.S. military, diplomatic and intelligence officials to provide him with options, in concertation with regional allies including China, that could be used "if the North Korea regime refuses to denuclearise".
However, when framing the question of North Korea's missile development, it really isn't a matter of if we will see these missiles tested, but a matter of when.
Pence visited a military base near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders and to meet with American troops stationed there.
Earlier this week, as tensions worsened between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump ordered a USA naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula in show of force.
One of the biggest surprises of Saturday's military parade in Pyongyang was two mobile canisters that could contain ICBMs larger than anything North Korea has ever produced. Pence and President Donald Trump have been in contact, aides to the vice president said. "It's a great honor to be with all of our forces".
North Korea's goal is a long-range nuclear missile that can strike the continental United States.
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Always high animosity has risen on the Korean Peninsula in recent months, as the United States and South Korea conduct annual war games that North Korea claims are invasion preparation and the North prepared for Saturday's anniversary celebrations.
The vice president is on trip to South Korea, the first stop on his Asia visit.
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Urging strategic patience, she explained: "It's like your kids in the back of the vehicle on a long trip saying, 'When are we going to get there?' Well, in this case, I think we should give the Chinese president some opportunities and some time, as well as pursuing the economic and diplomatic pressures that we have and that our allies have that we can bring to bear on North Korea". The high-profile failure came as the North tried to showcase its nuclear and missile capabilities around the birth anniversary of the North's late founder and as a US aircraft carrier neared the Korean Peninsula.
Han said that in the face of such actions, North Korea "will go to war if they choose".
The US Pacific Command said it tracked a missile launch on Sunday night and said the missile blew up nearly immediately. Last week, he said he would not declare China a currency manipulator, pulling back from a campaign promise, as he looks for help from Beijing, which is the North's dominant trade partner.
Mr Trump said China was "working with us" on the issue - the first confirmation the two nations were collaborating.
Speculation has been rising that the United States may be preparing to launch a pre-emptive strike against the North, in particular since its strike on Syria and the strike group's diversion last week.
"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".
The group brought ships that could shoot down missiles that North Korea has been testing.
There has been no confirmation as yet of the launch attempt from North Korea, according to CNN.
That test also failed, as there was "no evidence the missile reached flight", a U.S. official told CNN.
"The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea, should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies", Pence said, amid growing concerns about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.