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VP Mike Pence: ‘Era of Strategic Patience’ With North Korea is Over

Vice President Mike Pence is briefed by Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command, from Observation Post Ouellette in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), near the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, on Monday. (Photo: AP)
Vice President Mike Pence tours the demilitarized zone (DMZ). (Photo: Reuters)

Vice President Mike Pence tours the demilitarized zone (DMZ). (Photo: Reuters)

Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday during a tour of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. The sitting vice president visited the DMZ, the area dividing North and South Korea, on a 10-day Asia tour while the U.S. Navy joined by Japanese warships make a show of force off the peninsula.

In a joint appearance with South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Vice President Pence put North Korea on notice and made clear President Donald J. Trump is charting a new course.

“Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”

The visit to Seoul comes hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch one day after the 105th birthday of the late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. U.S. Pacific Command said the unidentified missile “blew up almost immediately” and it was a total failure, but reports suggest the U.S. might have sabotaged the test.

Vice President echoed remarks previously made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said “the policy of strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over and warned that pre-emptive military action was “on the table” when he visited the DMZ last month.

North Korean Missile Capabilities

Missile Class Range Status
Hwasong-14 ICBM 10,000+ km In Development
KN-14 ICBM 8,000-10,000 km In Development
KN-08 ICBM 5,500-11,500 km In Development
Hwasong-12 IRBM 4,500 km In Development
Taepodong-2 ICBM / SLV 4,000-15,000 km Operational
Taepodong-1 IRBM 2,000-5,000 km Obsolete
BM-25 Musudan IRBM 2,500-4,000 km In Development
KN-15 (Pukkuksong-2) MRBM 1,200-2,000 In Development
KN-11 SLBM 1,200 km In Development
No-Dong MRBM 1,200-1,500 km Operational
KN-18 (MaRV Scud Variant) SRBM 450+ km In Development
Hwasong-7 SRBM 800-1,000 km Operational
Hwasong-5 SRBM 300 km Operational
Hwasong-6 SRBM 500 km Operational
KN-02 SRBM 120-170 km Operational
Kumsong-3 ASCM 130-250 km In development
KN-01 ASCM 110-160 km Operational
KN-09 MLRS 190 km In development
Missile Class Range Status
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