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After "fire and fury," more strategic patience with North Korea
Mike Pence, Shinzo Abe, Moon Jae-in
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Photo: Carl Court / Getty Images

While stopped in Tokyo en route to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence signaled that the Trump administration plans to impose more sanctions on North Korea, further isolating Kim Jong-un’s regime “until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all.”

Why it matters: Last year in South Korea, Pence said, “The era of strategic patience is over.” But anyone who has worked on North Korea understands one thing: Patience is essential. Notwithstanding the president’s talk of “fire and fury,” strategic patience is his current policy. The vice president’s latest pronouncements say as much.