CONFIRMED: Pence Really Did Go To The Korean DMZ To Look Menacing

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"U.S. policy is to continue to work diligently with Japan and other countries, including China, to bring economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime in North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) until the country abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs", Pence told an assembly of USA servicemen and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel.

"The enemies of our freedom and this alliance would do well not to test the resolve of this president or the capabilities of the armed forces of the United States of America and our allies", he said.

Continuing to play up the idea of a military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, Vice President Mike Pence today warned North Korea not to "challenge our resolve", insisting that "the sword stands ready" and the U.S. would meet any challenge with overwhelming force.

JAPAN Pence will meet with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday, kicking off talks in Tokyo that the White House hopes will open doors in Japan for USA -made products and attract Japanese investment for infrastructure projects in the United States.

After talks with Japan's deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, Pence said the USA would work with Japan, China and other nations to get Pyongyang to give up its atomic weapons program.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, front, waves to U.S. servicemen and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel on the flight deck of U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base i.

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In addition to the Carl Vinson strike group, which had already been directed toward the area, the Pentagon has sent the Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz toward the Sea of Japan as part of a larger show of force following North Korea's missile tests, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

"The officials call on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irrevocably manner, to cease its provocative actions that only increase tensions in the region", they said.

According to Pence, U.S. President Trump was confident that even without military pressure, diplomatic and economic pressures could convince the North Korean regime to cooperate in dismantling its nuclear program.

Mr Pence left Japan for Indonesia yesterday for the third leg of his 10-day tour of Asia. "We are with you 100 percent". Pence said the USA and Japan had launched talks that could eventually result in a bilateral trade deal between the two economies.

Pyongyang has offered to halt its nuclear and missile programme if the United States ends its "reckless" military exercise drills with South Korea.

Before the free trade agreement between the two countries took effect in 2012, South Korea's trade surplus against the United States stood at $11.6 billion at end-2011.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

But the revelation could be damaging to the USA position in Asia, experts say, as it feeds the idea that President Trump cannot always be taken at his word.

In several interviews and speeches this week, Pence has described the Trump administration's North Korea strategy as a clean break from the Obama administration's policy of "strategic patience".

Elsewhere in his remarks, Pence also emphasized that the USA would uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea - where China's actions in support of its disputed territorial claims have sparked tensions in recent years.

A senior North Korean official then accused the United States of bringing the countries to the brink of thermonuclear war.

Perhaps Pence thinks so highly of himself that the mere image of his stone-cold face alone could prevent what is quickly escalating to a possible nuclear crisis - one that the United States hasn't seen since the 1960s.

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