Pence To North Korea: ‘Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over’

Pence To North KoreaEra Of Strategic Patience Is OverU.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned that the โ€œera of strategic patienceโ€ with North Korea is over as he kicked off his 10-day Asia tour. Speaking from a joint U.S.-South Korean base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea on Monday, Pence said the White House is counting on China to help ease tensions with an increasingly belligerent North Korea. The vice presidentโ€™s comments came hours after North Koreaโ€™s latest missile test failed, exploding only a few seconds after launch on Sunday. Calling the Northโ€™s latest test a โ€œprovocation,โ€ Pence said it serves as a โ€œreminderโ€ of the dangers facing the region. The U.S. plans to resolve the conflict with North Korea by โ€œpeaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary,โ€ he told reporters. Pence also praised the โ€œironcladโ€ alliance the U.S. has with South Korea, saying โ€œall options are on the tableโ€ to get North Korea to halt its missile program.