Pence Talks Tough on North Korea, Says ‘Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel’
"The era of strategic patience is over."
Vice President Mike Pence had some strong words for North Korea Wednesday on Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum, and said the time for “strategic patience is over.”
“The message the president sent me to deliver a year ago is the same I will deliver when I arrive in Korea again, and when I visit Japan again, and that is that the era of strategic patience is over,” Pence said.
He believes the policies towards North Korea over the last two decades have only resulted in a dangerous dictatorship, that threatens the safety and security of the United States.
“For literally two decades one administration after the other has exercised a level of patience and negations that have resulted in the dictatorship in North Korea, developing ballistic and nuclear missiles, that may well threaten the United States of America as we speak,” he said. “That is unacceptable.”
Pence said America stands with South Korea and will continue to put pressure on Kim Jong-un until he discontinues the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons program.
“We will continue to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure to bear until North abandons it’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” he continued.
Pence also said he will meet with the Jordanian and Egyptian leaders during his Middle East trip late this month and reaffirmed President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump would support a two state solution between Israel and Palestine if the two parties were able to come to an agreement, he added.
“The president recommitted the United States to engagement in the peace process,” Pence said. “We remain committed to peace, but what the president did in that decision and in making it a reality — was he essentially took off of the table, an issue that really wasn’t negotiable to this administration or to the American people.”
“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” the Vice President added. “We have affirmed the will of the American people.”
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