Pence: Trump's strategy to isolate North Korea is working
Joseph EarnestMarch 09, 2018
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President
Donald Trump's tough policies on North Korea have succeeded in encouraging
Pyongyang to come to the negotiations table, Vice President Pence said in
Korea's desire to meet to discuss denuclearization while suspending
all ballistic missile and nuclear testing—is evidence that President
Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working," Vice
President Mike Pence wrote in a statement.
According to the statement, whichever direction talks with
North Koreago, US will be firm in their resolve.
United States and out allies remain committed to applying maximum pressure
in the Kim regime to end their nuclear program. All options are on the
table and our posture toward the regime will not change until we see
credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward denuclearization,"the
Pence noted that US policy on North Korea has not changed and Washington will continue to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang to take concrete steps and end its nuclear program. The same position was voiced by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
On late Thursday, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong said Trump had agreed to meet with Kim by the month of May on achieving permanent denuclearization. Chung added that the North Korean leader has also agreed to halt nuclear tests.
State Department's Deputy Director of Policy Planning David Tessler said that the maximum pressure campaign would continue until the "North Koreans actually match these words with deeds."
Tessler said Thursday's announcement was a sign that the tough sanctions are starting to have an effect on the Kim regime.
President Trump also commented on the situation on Twitter
"Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!"Add Comments>>