Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to the DMZ (demilitarized zone) on Monday, where he stared down North Korean troops who were stationed several yards away.
Pence is on a 10-day, four-nation tour of Asia, where he’s meeting with longtime U.S. allies South Korea and Japan. Pence’s trip will also include stops in Indonesia, Australia and a visit with U.S. troops in Hawaii.
The vice president reassured South Korea that the United States has its back in the face of mounting threats from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Pence also issued a warning to Kim to not test the United States, whose patience has run thin.
“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 at a press conference. “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve — or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”
Earlier in the trip, the vice president said he hopes the tensions with North Korea can be resolved peacefully, but underscored that President Trump will not tolerate any more shenanigans from saber-rattling Kim Jong-Un.
“We’re going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience,” Pence said. “But we’re going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably.”
CNN’s Dana Bash reported on the powerful “face-to-face” encounter, noting that Pence “probably went a little further than his security wanted him to go.”
Pence’s warning to North Korea comes just days after ex-officials under former President Obama admitted that Obama’s wimpiness against foreign adversaries “left a more dangerous world.”
“I think [Obama] left a more dangerous world,” Barry Pavel told Fox News. Pavel was a senior director on the National Security Council from 2008 to 2010.
Pavel said America’s enemies knew that Obama “had the capability, but not the will” to retaliate against aggressive actions, so they did whatever they felt like without fear of repercussion from the United States — the only superpower in the world.
President Trump has signaled that he will not hesitate to take military action against enemies of the United States, as evidenced by his bombing of a Syrian airfield and an ISIS cave in Afghanistan last week.
Meanwhile, Twitter gave VP Mike Pence kudos for his stern demeanor in North Korea.
Mike Pence traveled to the DMZ to stare down North Korean Troops. Say what you want, but that's respectable and takes some balls. pic.twitter.com/FY1KQ95jc5
— Aron Miller (@MusturdMania) April 18, 2017
Mike Pence Traveled to Korean DMZ to Stare Down N. Korean Troops! 👀👍👍
— Ron Hutchcraft (@RonHutchcraft2) April 17, 2017
Looks like Pence is giving the DPRK the same intimidating stare he gave Steven Segal in Under Siege 2. pic.twitter.com/GSb87efwiy
— Chris Acuff (@cjacuff) April 17, 2017
Pence went to the DMZ to stare down North Korean troops, and I just can't help but notice a striking resemblance to Major Chip Hazard. pic.twitter.com/DrXQrKtqJt
— Garrett (@justquag) April 17, 2017
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