In South Korea Vice U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea that recent U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.
“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.
The U.S. Navy this month struck a Syrian airfield with 59 Tomahawk missiles after a chemical weapons attack.
On Thursday, the U.S. military said it had dropped “the mother of all bombs”, the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in Afghanistan.
“All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country,” he told reporters.
This comes as U.S. national security adviser HR McMaster arrived in Kabul yesterday, few days after the American military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State group hideouts in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, killing nearly 100 militants.
On his first visit to the country as Donald Trump’s envoy, McMaster said on Twitter he was to hold “very important talks on mutual cooperation” with President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials.
A statement from Presidential Palace office later said McMaster discussed security issues and counterterrorism efforts as well as reforms aimed at tackling corruption.