Pence to Kim Jong-un: Don’t ‘Test the Resolve of This President’

By Patrick Goodenough | November 29, 2017 | 6:06am EST
Vice President Mike Pence warned Kim Jong-un, seen here one day before the ICBM launch, not to test President Trump’s resolve or the capabilities of the U.S. armed forces. (Photo: Uriminzokkiri)

( – Vice President Mike Pence late Tuesday warned the North Korean dictator not to test President Trump’s resolve or the capabilities of the U.S. military, and indicated that the administration is considering “additional measures” in response to Pyongyang’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

“Just last week President Trump declared North Korea a state-sponsor of terror,” he told an award dinner event at the Hudson Institute.

“And in the wake of today’s provocation, our administration is considering additional measures.”

“The Kim regime in North Korea would do well not to test the resolve of this president, or the capabilities of the armed forces of the United States of America,” Pence said.

He quoted Trump as saying earlier Tuesday that “we will take care of that situation.”

“All options are on the table,” Pence added.

The administration would continue to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on Pyongyang, he said, until it abandons its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs “once and for all.”

Early Wednesday morning local time, North Korea test-fired an ICBM which – according to Defense Secretary James Mattis and the South Korean military – flew higher than any previously launched by the Stalinist regime.

In a statement later in the day, the regime claimed the missile, a Hwasong-15, was “tipped with super-large heavy warhead which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the U.S.”

It called the launch, which was witnessed by Kim Jong-un, “a priceless victory won by the great and heroic people” of North Korea, who were undeterred by “the vicious challenges by the U.S. imperialists and their followers.”

The statement said missiles were being developed to defend North Korea’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of “the U.S. imperialists' nuclear blackmail policy and nuclear threat.”

“As a responsible nuclear power and a peace-loving state, [North Korea] will make every possible effort to serve the noble purpose of defending peace and stability of the world,” the statement concluded.

Pence on Tuesday evening received the 2017 Hudson Institute’s Herman Kahn Award, a global leadership award named for the founder of the institute.

Past honorees include President Reagan, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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