April 19, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the U.S. would meet any conventional or nuclear attack by North Korea with an “overwhelming” military response to protect allies such as Japan and South Korea.
Speaking to U.S. and Japanese sailors aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan on Wednesday morning local time, Mr. Pence said North Korea presents “the most dangerous and urgent threat to the peace and security” in the region.
“Those who would challenge our resolve or our readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response,” Mr. Pence said to applause. “The United States of America will alway seek peace. But under President Trump, the shield stands guard, and the sword stands ready.”
Mr. Pence also delivered warnings to China, whose help the U.S. is seeking in pressuring North Korea to lower its nuclear-weapons ambitions. The vice president said the U.S. security alliance with Japan covers the disputed Senkaku Islands, over which China also claims jurisdiction, and said the U.S. is committed to ensuring the “freedom of navigation and overflight” in the South China Sea.
This article was posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:35 am