In an interview with CNBC Monday, retired U.S. Army Colonel and Medal of Honor recipient Jack Jacobs expressed his concern over the heightening tensions between the United States and North Korea.
“We’re getting closer and closer to a real crisis and that’s because for decades we ignored the problem,” he said.
On Monday Vice President Pence, who traveled to South Korea, said that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea was over.
“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. “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”
North Korea refuses to curb their nuclear weapons testing.
The United States is concerned that the country will soon conduct its sixth nuclear bomb test, which is in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
The United States has made efforts to gain the support of China in finding a political solution to the region, but China has so far avoided explicitly siding with the United States.
“The North Korean regime is a criminal enterprise. They are extortionists. They are saying feed me, fuel me, employ me before I test again or kill again,” William Cohen, former Defense Secretary to the United States, said.
One possible outcome to the crisis, shared Cohen, is a unified Korean peninsula, but China has not warmed up to the idea of having a stronger military nation on its border.
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