all eyes on north korea
During a visit to a military base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North Korea and South Korea, Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that the "era of strategic patience is over" when it comes to North Korea.
Pence also said he wants to see China, an ally of North Korea, use "extraordinary levers" to persuade North Korea to give up its ballistic missiles. Pence is on a 10-day tour of Asia, and he arrived in South Korea on Sunday, the same day North Korea tested a missile that failed mere seconds after its launch. Pence said "all options" are on the table to get Pyongyang to rid itself of nuclear weapons and its missile program, and the alliance between the U.S. and South Korea is "ironclad." The heavily fortified 2.5-mile-wide DMZ was created after the Korean War ended without a peace treaty, and a large number of troops are standing guard on both sides of the line.