Amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, Vice President Mike Pence indicated Monday that President Donald Trump would abandon the approach to North Korea seen under previous administrations.
Pence declared during a visit to South Korea that "the era of strategic patience is over" and said "all options are on the table" to address North Korean President Kim Jong Un's missile and nuclear testing programs.
The remarks by Pence came a day after a failed missile test by North Korea and two days after the communist nation held a military parade showcasing its military hardware.
Pence pointed to the recent missile strike on Syria as well as the dropping of the "mother of all bombs" on ISIS militants in Afghanistan as proof of Trump's resolve.
"Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan," Pence said.
He added, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region."
In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Pence said the U.S. will redouble efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea, noting that the hope is to resolve the issue peaceably.
Pence said Trump was heartened by his recent discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping, with China seen as key to convincing North Korea to change its ways.
"We've seen China begin to take some actions to bring pressure on North Korea but there needs to be more," Pence said.
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by RTT Staff Writer
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