Vastavam web: Vice President Mike Pence, in a visit to one of America’s most potent nuclear bases, vowed that the US will keep up economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.With a huge B-52 bomber looming in the background, Pence told some 250 airmen at Minot Air Force Base that “there is no greater force for peace in this world” than the U.S. nuclear arsenal.Pence touched only briefly on North Korea, spending much of his speech thanking the airmen of the only U.S. base capable of nuclear strikes by both plane and missile. Minot has one of the nation’s two B-52 bomber bases. The base also oversees 150 of the Air Force’s 450 Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles.
Pence has been meeting with top intelligence agencies in recent months and has received highly classified briefings with the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Director of National Intelligence and other intelligence agencies.Trump’s administration has sought to increase pressure on North Korea through UN Security Council sanctions and other diplomatic efforts, but North Korea hasn’t budged from its goal of building a full-fledged nuclear arsenal, including missiles capable of striking the US mainland.Separately yesterday, Mattis was visiting the Demilitarized Zone that separates North Korea from South Korea. Mattis accused North Korea of threatening global order and said the Trump administration remains committed to compelling the North to accept complete nuclear disarmament.