Pence Seems to Disagree With Bannon on North Korea Strategy

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Sep 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Pence Seems to Disagree With Bannon on North Korea Strategy

Vice President Mike Pence appeared to disagree with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on the United States’ options regarding North Korea. 

"We have options," Pence said on CBS "This Morning."

"There was some talk, two, three weeks ago, by some commentators that the most powerful military on earth doesn't have the ability to take action to defend our people, that's wrong," Pence said.

One host clarified that those comments came from Bannon. 

"I think it was Steve Bannon who actually was quoted saying that."

Last month, Bannon told a reporter “there’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it.”

He added: "Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us."

Pence went on to argue that President Trump will continue to work on a diplomatic solution.

"Let me be very clear, the president desires a peaceful resolution of this confrontation with North Korea and will continue to pursue that," Pence said.

Although Dictator Kim Jong Un must first give up his weapons program, Pence argued. 

"But it all begins on when the Kim regime announces their willingness to abandon their nuclear and ballistic missiles program and not before,” he said.

At the United Nations General Assembly this week Trump sent a strong message to Pyongyang about their weapons program.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” he said, adding that dictator Kim Jong Un is on a “suicide mission.”