WEB Notes: What happened to, “the sword stands ready“?
Vice President Mike Pence has signaled a change of direction for U.S. diplomacy with North Korea on his way back from the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
Pence said the U.S. would be willing to talk to the North Koreans even without Pyongyang showing signs of disengagement from its nuclear and missile development program, according to The Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin who reported on his private conversation with the vice president on Sunday.
The new strategy involves continuing diplomatic pressure—last week, Pence anticipated a new round of sanctions against the regime—while opening up to dialogue at the same time. “The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization,” Pence was quoted as saying. “So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify. But if you want to talk, we’ll talk.”