In warning to North Korea, the United States Vice President Mike Pence on Monday said that the recent U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan should that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.
“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 in a joint press conference with the acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn after visiting the border between North and South Koreas.
The remarks came a day after a failed missile test by North Korea and two days after its military parade.
During the visit, it was agreed to strengthen anti-North Korea defences by moving ahead with the early activation of THAAD missile-defence system. With a range of 200km, the system is capable of destroying incoming warheads by intercepting them mid-flight.
The U.S. military hit an airbase in Syria in response to chemical weapons attack in the country this month and last Thursday it struck Islamic State caves in Afghanistan with its largest non-nuclear bomb.
“All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country,” Pence told reporters in South Korea.
“The era of strategic patience is over.”