Chaffetz agrees with Pence: Era of patience is over

Chaffetz agrees with Pence: Era of patience is over (Photo: Dan Rascon / KUTV)

(KUTV) U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz strongly agrees with Mike Pence when the Vice President delivered a strong message to North Korean leaders from the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, between North and South Korea.

"The era of strategic patience is over," Pence said during his visit. "President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our Allies in this region has run out."

Pence spoke from the same spot where Chaffetz walked just days earlier.

he was there during a week-long trip with 17 other Republican and Democrat law makers were to meet with Japanese and South Korean officials.

"I think Vice President Pence is exactly right; we can't sit back and hope they don't develop nuclear capability. We know that we are going to do it," Chaffetz said to 2News. "And they also say they want to bomb the United States of America and we should believe them, and make sure that threat never becomes a reality."

In his visit to the zone, Chaffetz came face-to-face with a North Korean soldier. The guard stared him down through a window and took pictures of him during a meeting in a building that sits between the two countries.

Chaffetz said the days of waiting for action are over.

"This sit-back attitude of hey we won't do anything, has empowered some of our worst enemies around the world and we want nothing but peace. We don't want war. We are trying to prevent war, but I do believe in peace through strength."

Chaffetz said the president doesn't need to ask Congress about going to war if there is a clear and present danger to the United States.

"We have but one president. You can't have 535 people trying to make decisions on how to do a military strike. If there is clear and present danger to the United States, the president should react immediately and decisively," Chaffetz said.

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