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North Korea: "era of strategic patience is over" says US VP Pence

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
North Korea: "era of strategic patience is over" says US VP Pence

<p>The US vice president has reiterated that the “era of strategic patience” between his country and North Korea is over.</p> <p>Mike Pence visited the demilitarised border between North and South Korea on the first stop of a four-nation Asia tour intended to show America’s allies and adversaries that the Trump administration is not turning its back on the increasingly volatile region.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pence arrives at U.S. base in South Korea next to <span class="caps">DMZ</span> border with North <a href="https://t.co/MNY8nLHdzL">https://t.co/MNY8nLHdzL</a> <a href="https://t.co/mQpJWxnifm">pic.twitter.com/mQpJWxnifm</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/853836700207992834">17 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>He landed in South Korea hours after the North’s failed missile launch.</p> <p>His visit came a day after North Korea held a military parade in its capital, Pyongyang.</p> <p>The event marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of founding father, Kim Il Sung.</p> <h3><strong>What did Pence say?</strong></h3> <p>That the US would stand by its “iron-clad alliance” with South Korea and is seeking peace through strength.</p> <p>“All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country,” <strong>Pence</strong> told reporters.</p> <p>He said US President Donald Trump has made it clear he will not talk about specific military tactics.</p> <p>“There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over,” said Pence, whose father served in the 1950-53 Korean War.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">These brave service members from the US and South Korea stand guard as freedom's first line of defense. <a href="https://t.co/SQyHnbEXRL">pic.twitter.com/SQyHnbEXRL</a></p>— Vice President Pence (@VP) <a href="https://twitter.com/VP/status/853824164754579456">17 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><strong>What is the demilitarised zone?</strong></h3> <p>A heavily-mined, four-kilometre wide strip of land lined with barbed wire.</p> <p>It runs right across the Korean peninsula with soldiers on both sides.</p> <h3><strong>What is Trump’s strategy on North Korea?</strong></h3> <p>It reportedly focuses on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, a global ban on its airline, intercepting cargo ships and measures against Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang.</p> <p>Most options fall into four categories: economic sanctions, covert action, diplomatic negotiations and military force.</p> <h3><strong>China</strong></h3> <p>Trump is hopeful China “will take actions needed to bring about change in policy” in North Korea, Pence told reporters.</p> <p>“But as the president has made very clear, either China will deal with this problem or the US and our allies will,” the US vice president added.</p> <h3><strong>Japan</strong></h3> <p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged North Korea to refrain from taking further provocative actions, comply with UN resolutions and abandon its nuclear missile development.</p> <p>“Japan will closely cooperate with the US and South Korea over North Korea and will call for China to take a bigger role,” <strong>Abe</strong> told parliament.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Japan PM strongly urges North Korea to refrain from further provocative actions <a href="https://t.co/Vsoe1bxUez">https://t.co/Vsoe1bxUez</a> <a href="https://t.co/owJsPvYpqo">pic.twitter.com/owJsPvYpqo</a></p>— Reuters UK (@ReutersUK) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersUK/status/853806499193401344">17 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>