- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that more Chinese involvement is needed to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Speaking from the Demilitarized Zone on CNN’s “New Day,” the vice president said the new U.S. policy will “redouble efforts” to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea, and get more involvement from the Chinese.

“I know the president was heartened by his discussions with President Xi [Jinping],” he said, “We’ve seen China beginning to take some actions to bring pressure on North Korea, but there needs to be more.”

Mr. Pence said North Korea’s failed attempt at testing a ballistic missile shows the U.S. policy of “strategic patience” isn’t working.

“To see another attempt at a ballistic missile launch all confirms the fact that strategic patience has failed,” Mr. Pence said.

He added that the goal is to achieve “a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons.”

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