In order to deliver a strong message, Vice President Mike Pence recently visited the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ), an area which has been called “the most dangerous place on earth.” Once there, Pence decided to ignore personal security protocols and make a bold move, one that flimsy Barack Obama would have never even considered.
Multiple sources, CNN being among them, continue to report on President Donald Trump’s clear messages to North Korea, including one from this morning, where CNN asked Trump if he had a message for North Korea. The president casually responding by simply saying that the dictatorship has “gotta behave.”
Trump has made similar remarks over the past few weeks, but the recent actions of Mike Pence, captured on video, perhaps send the strongest message to the pudgy communist dictator of North Korea. Daily Caller reports that Pence broke with time-proven security protocols to step outside at the Korean DMZ, where he was within shouting distance of North Korean soldiers. Watch history-making video of the incident, below:
While the demilitarized zone is guarded on both sides around the clock, it is certain that the North Korean soldiers working that day were shocked to get a face-to-face view of the sitting Vice President of the United States. Cameras on the north side of the line were rattling, as it is certain that the North Korean government will use Pence’s stare-down to create propaganda that demonizes the US.
CNN released a photo that describes the details at the DMZ. The setup is as follows:
Pence made history with his unconventional face-off, and his recent words are equally as striking. “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence said beside South Korea’s acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn. “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve — or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”
The message is clear, and those who are paying close attention noticed a key difference between Pence’s visit and that of former President Barack Obama. Take a moment to compare the two:
While Mike Pence stared directly into the eyes of North Korean soldiers at “the most dangerous place on earth,” Barack Obama needed binoculars to get a look for himself.
World leaders, Kim Jong-un of North Korea included, know that there is a new sheriff in town with a Donald Trump presidency. Trump is unconventional and his VP, Mike Pence, boldly follows his lead. Kim Jong-un may broadcast propaganda following this recent exchange, but something tells me that behind closed doors, he will beg for a humanitarian deal. The free world did not see this kind of leadership from Obama.