In visit to demilitarized zone, Pence calls U.S. alliance with South Korea ironclad
SEOUL—U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test President Donald Trump, calling the recent American military strikes on Syria and Afghanistan an example of Washington’s strength.
“North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States,” Mr. Pence said Monday after he visited the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean Peninsula.
Speaking alongside South Korea’s acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Mr. Pence said his unannounced visit to the DMZ underscored the message of resolve that he was bringing to the region.
“America has always sought peace through strength,” he said earlier in the day according to a pool report, warning North Korea that its military “should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies.”
THE NORTH KOREA CRISIS
At the meeting with Mr. Hwang, Mr. Pence called the U.S. alliance with South Korea ironclad and immutable, in words that appeared aimed to reassure a key ally after a weekend in which North Korea paraded at least one new long-range ballistic missile and test-launched another missile.
Mr. Pence also promised to consult with South Korea and its leadership as it made decisions on how to handle North Korea. He also repeated the Trump administration’s position that “all options are on the table” in dealing with North Korea.
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