President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both recently made comments regarding North Korea’s refusal to abandon their nuclear weapons program. On Friday, Trump met with North Korean defectors and to told them the ‘road has really ended.”
Pence is scheduled to head to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and to reassure Seoul and Tokyo that there is no daylight between the allies in confronting the North over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. “I’ll cheer on our athletes, but I’ll also be there to deliver a simple message: That the era of strategic patience is over,” Pence said Friday at an event in Pittsburgh. “We’ll make it clear that all options are on the table. And you can be confident we will continue to bring all economic and diplomatic pressure to bear until North Korea permanently abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the president himself has also spoken about the options available to the United States. Trump met with North Korean defectors and said despite the first talks between North and South Korea in two years, time is running out. “You know, we ran out of road. You know the expression? The road really ended,” Trump said, as he once again blamed previous administrations for failing to stop North Korea’s nuclear program before it could threaten the U.S. “They could’ve done it 12 years ago. They could’ve done it 20 years ago. They could’ve done it four years ago, and two years ago. We have no road left.”
These statements come on the heels of North Korea’s response to Trump’s State of the Union address last week. After Trump said no other regime more harshly oppresses its own people than North Korea, the president took a shot a Kim Jong-Un, likely angering the dictatorship. “We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and to our allies,” the US President added.
A North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson fired back at the President, claiming the speech was “sinister” while talking up Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal. “Trump also insisted upon the ‘maximum pressure’ against our country,” the spokesman said. “However, it is no less than the screams of Trump terrified at the power the DPRK has achieved. Trump even reveals his sinister intention to do something against us by relying on strength while talking about ‘American resolve’. Our self-reliant defense capability with the nuclear force as its backbone will, however, completely deter Trump and his lackeys from showing off on the Korean peninsula. If Trump does not get rid of his anachronistic and dogmatic way of thinking, it will only bring about the consequence of further endangering security and future of the United States,” the spokesman threatened.