US President Mike Pence on Monday visited the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea.
Pence made an unannounced visit to the Demilitarized Zone at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia in a US show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.
During the visit Pence told reporters that President Donald Trump was hopeful that China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons.
He added that the "era of strategic patience is over" with North Korea, expressing frustration at the unwillingness of the regime to move towards ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
The vice president visited a military base near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders and to meet with American troops stationed there.
The joint US-South Korean military camp is just outside the 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometre-wide) DMZ.