While tensions are growing between the US and North Korea, US Vice President Mike Pence is trying to defuse the situation. During a visit to Australia, Pence suggested that an agreement with North Korea could be reached by diplomatic means.
Pence and Kim Jong-un Photo credit: Reuters/ Sky News/ Channel 2 News
While tensions are growing between the US and North Korea, US Vice President Mike Pence is trying to defuse the situation and send an optimistic message. “While all options are on the table,” he said during a visit to Australia. “Let me assure you the United States will continue to work closely with Australia, our other allies in the region and China to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime.”
US President Donald Trump has made it clear that he will do everything to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons. However, according to Pence, the new agreement between the US and China could make it possible to reach an agreement with North Korea by diplomatic means. “The President and I have great confidence,” Pence stated. “That China will properly deal with North Korea.”
Satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site hoto Credit: CNN/ Channel 2 News
Last week, following North Korea’s announcement of preparations for another nuclear experiment, a senior-level US official reported that military action is being examined. According to an NBC news report, the US positioned two destroyers capable of shooting cruise missiles at North Korea.
However, the Pentagon refused to address the reports. “Commanders are always considering a full range of options to protect against any contingencies,” Pentagon Spokeswoman Dana White said. “Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of potential threats remains steadfast.”