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USA ends 'patience' with North Korea



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The Vice President of the USA, Mike Pence, said on Monday that US-North Korea relations have changed. Mr Pence said the "era of strategic patience is over". Pence said that the USA has shown great patience with North Korea for many years. It has tried talking to North Korea to get it to end its nuclear weapons testing. However, new U.S. President Donald Trump promised he would not allow North Korea to develop nuclear weapons. Pence said: "Since 1992, the United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. We hope to achieve this objective through peaceable means. But all options are on the table." One of these options is to attack North Korea's missile bases.

Mr Pence's warning to North Korea to not test the USA came the day after North Korea tested another missile. Pence said North Korea's missile testing is a danger to the USA. He said North Korea would soon have missiles that can reach America. North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC that his country would continue to test missiles. He said: "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis." He added that an "all-out war" would happen if the US took military action against North Korea. North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Kim In-ryong, said the US was "disturbing global peace and stability". He said the USA was using "gangster-like logic" in its foreign policy.

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