(April 17)There appears little hope that the Trump administration will make the slightest move to cool down tensions between it and the Kim Jong-un regime in North Korea.
|Vice President Mike Pence visited South Korea and declared that the "era of strategic patience" toward North Korea was over. He said the US would achieve its objectives in North Korea by any means necessary. He also restated what had been said before that all options are on the table. China urged that there be a non-military solution to the crisis. Pence also held out for a "peaceable" solution through Chinese intervention but it is not at all clear China has the ability to stop Kim Jong-un who showed his defiance of the US by allegedly attempting a missile test that supposedly failed. Some reports already suggest it was due to US hacking. However, there is no report from the regime itself as yet.|