Tensions with North Korea are rising.
The communist nation has been threatening its neighbors and the United States with its nuclear weapons program.
So on Easter Sunday, Mike Pence made a surprise visit to the North Korean border.
Pence’s trip came on the heels of Trump ordering the Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier group into waters outside the Korean Peninsula.
Trump has also cultivated a relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to pressure the North Koreans to abandon their weapons program.
The United States is looking for a peaceful resolution to the crisis, but is also abandoning Obama’s former policy of “strategic patience” – which was ignore North Korea and hope they would give up their nuclear program on their own.
Pence’s visit was a sign that the United States – while not looking for military conflict – would no longer ignore a belligerent rogue power threatening thermo-nuclear war.
“Vice President Mike Pence encouraged China to take action against North Korea while he met with troops a day after Kim Jong Un’s regime defied the Trump administration with a ballistic missile test.
On a visit to the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea, Pence said he was “heartened” by early signs from China and hoped its leaders would “use the extraordinary levers they have” to prod Kim into giving up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. He repeated President Donald Trump’s warning that the U.S. would act without China if necessary.
“Either China will deal with this problem or the United States and its allies will,” Pence said on Monday. “We want to see change. we want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path.”
Pence also said North Korea would be wise not to test President Trump’s resolve.
VP PENCE: North Korea would do well not to test President Trump’s resolve or the strength of the United States’ armed forces pic.twitter.com/ksAmYNmqtN
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 17, 2017
Pundits interpreted Trump ordering a missile strike against Syria and dropping the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan as sending a message to North Korea that he would not hesitate to take action.
There was speculation that the North Koreans were gearing up for their sixth nuclear weapons test on April 15th, which is the birthday of their nation’s founder.
But the North Koreans did not stage a nuclear test.
Instead they opted to display their missiles in a military parade.
They also tried an intermediate range missile test the next day, but it ended in failure as the ordinance exploded just seconds after the launch.
The Trump administration is working for a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear weapons crisis.
But unlike the Obama administration, they aren’t going to just stick their heads in the sand and hope the problem will just go away.
That’s why Vice President Pence visited North Korea.