tv Vice President Mike Pence Tours the Korean Demilitarized Zone CSPAN April 18, 2017 3:41am-4:00am EDT
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[cameras shuttering] vp. pence: thank you all for being here. it is my great honor to represent the president of the united states here in the demilitarized zone and i'm very grateful for the leadership of the generals. immutableonclad and alliance that is represented here by these two strong military leaders. to stand here in this place, to be able to give evidence of the commitment of the people of the our long-termto alliance to the people of south korea is a great honor for me, and i bring greetings to our soldiers and to the soldiers of south korea from the president of the united states. we commend them for their vigilance here along this historic frontier of freedom.
result of the the people of the united states of america. to stand together in the months and years ahead with the people of south korea, to both preserve their freedom and a denucle objective of earized career. it is shared by our allies across the globe. we are heartened by the support of allies across the asian pacific, including china, who will continue to advance this objective on the korean peninsula. i'm here to express the result of the people of the united states and the president of the thatd states to achieve objective the peaceable means, negotiations, but all options are on the table. as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of south korea for the
denuclearization. let me say it is also very humbling for me to be here because my father served here in army,in the united states more than 64 years ago. the general favored me this morning with a few reflections on my father's service here and it seems altogether fitting that a vice president, i could be here to express the timeless bond between the people of south korea and the people of the united states of america. shouldacross the world know that the bond between our people are not simply strategic and military and economic, but they are personal and they americansnerations of and south koreans, and on that foundation, we'll see freedom
through, the interest of security and prosperity of the people of south korea and in a word, we go together. any questions? reporter: mr. president, you said everything is on the table. does that include a potential preemptive strike?on china, what concrete steps did they lay out? vp. pence: the president had a very frank and productive discussion about a broad range of international issues including the denuclearization of the korean and insula. i know the president is helpful that china will use its influence here on the korean peninsula with north korea to achieve that objective and we are heartened by initial steps that china has taken in this regard, but we look for them to do more. is that we will be
, worko work with china with our partners in south korea, japan, and other allies across the region to achieve this objective through peaceable means. as the president made clear, we will never discuss military tactical decisions, but the president has made clear and our administration has made clear that we stand with the people of south korea and all options are thehe table to achieve objectives and ensure the security of the people of this country and the stability of this region. reporter: do you have a message for the people on the other side at this point? i think the message of the people of the united states of america is that we seek peace, but america has always sought peace through strength. a message today is standing with u.s. forces korea, standing with
courageous soldiers from the republic of korea is a message of resolve. thepeople of north korea, military of north korea should not mistake the resolve of the united states of america to stand with our allies. the alliance between south korea and the united states is ironclad. we will fulfill that alliance for the sake of our people and the people of south korea. and we will continue to stand strong to achieve our shared objective across this region and across the world. a denuclearized korean peninsula. >> mr. vice president, how is that thefferent policy trump administration is pursuing compared to the obama administration and why do you believe you can trust china at this time to follow through? half the imaginations have sought help from china and they often have not come through.
president i know that trump is very hopeful that china will take action as necessary to bring about a change in policy in north korea and abandonment of its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile program. we are hopeful they will use the they haveary leverage an relationship they have with north korea in order to achieve that objective. president made very clear, either china will deal with this problem or the united states and our allies will. change, we have literally gone through decades. it was some quarter century ago that we first learned of the presence of nuclear weapons on the korean peninsula and the possession of north korea. there was an agreed framework, a period of strategic patience, but that is over. president trump has made it
clear that the patience of the united states and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. we want to see north korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons and the continual use and testing of ballistic missiles, which is unacceptable. that clarity we hope will be thatved in north korea and they will understand that the united states of america, the people of south korea, our allies across the region, are resolved to achieve our objectives through peaceable means or ultimately, by whatever means are necessary to protect the security of the people of south korea, and to bring stability to the region. >> thank you all. please, head back.