Pence Issues North Korea Another Strong Warning: "Sword Stands Ready"


"There's no question North Korea represents the most risky and most immediate threat in the Asia-Pacific and President Trump is determined to confront that threat by marshaling unprecedented cooperation with allies in the region and China and the world", Pence said. US President Donald Trump also said he's sending an "armada" to Korea.

"It went well", said Toyota President Akio Toyoda after meeting Mr. Pence in a small group and hearing the vice president's speech to businesspeople at a Tokyo hotel on Wednesday. North Korea's nuclear and missile development dominated the agenda on his first stop in South Korea.

"Being aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, seeing these extraordinary soldiers, sailors, and Marines gives me great confidence that the United States' presence in the region is strong and under President Trump's leadership will be stronger still", Pence said.

US Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul on Tuesday the Trump administration would review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the US and South Korea. Vice President Mike Pence said on an Asian tour this week that the era of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over.

Pence spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso, among others.

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He expressed deeply negative views of past negotiations with Pyongyang.

"You're aware that the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he recently told reporters.

Trump's new strategy involves engaging with North Korea's neighbors to bring an end to their pursuit of nuclear weapons, Pence said.

Degrading North Korea's missile capability via hacking is a tactic that is actively being pursued by the USA military, according to public statements and congressional testimony by current and former members of the armed forces.

However, he also said the US will "continue to work diligently" with Japan, China and other allies in the region to "bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on" North Korea.

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China announced in February that it would stop accepting coal from North Korea - which accounted for a third of all official North Korean exports in 2015 - as it had already reached its import limit set by UN-imposed sanctions.

The Navy said earlier that the carrier will arrive in the Korean region next week.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and beat any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence said to loud applause, reiterating that all options are on the table in dealing with Pyongyang.

Pence made the remark in an interview with CNN aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, saying the focus is now on increasing pressure on the North. "That's what being undermined here with a president who thrives on's going to eat away at the fundamental credibility of the United States role in Asia".

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