'The Sword Stands Ready': Mike Pence Issues Pointed Warning to North Korea

Pence Assures Japan America is With Ally'100 Percent

Mr Pence, whose father served in the 1950-53 Korean War, said the United States would stand by its "iron-clad alliance" with South Korea.

The Vice President was speaking aboard the USS Ronald Reagan during a visit to Japan and claimed the U.S. would "protect the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea".

"When you look at two nuclear tests in the a year ago alone, you look at an unprecedented number of ballistic missile launches, there's no question that North Korea represents the most unsafe and most immediate threat in the Asian pacific".

Pence said the North represents the most unsafe and most immediate threat in the Asia-Pacific and President Donald Trump is determined to confront that threat by marshaling unprecedented cooperation with allies in the region, China and the world.

The article also accused Seoul of going along with Washington's demands and playing a confrontational role, and added that Pyongyang will continue to adopt increasingly stronger measures against growing military pressure, threats and irrational sanctions from the US.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese leaders have begun talks expected to focus largely on trade with America's anchor ally in the region, though tensions with North Korea loomed large.

The first round of Japan-U.S. economic dialogue between Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on April 18 highlighted the two countries' differences in views on trade negotiations. "As President Trump has made clear to the world the era of strategic patience is over".

Tensions flared recently ahead of a key North Korean holiday and amid analysts' assessments that the country's sixth nuclear test could be in the works.

"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", the vice president said, standing on the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan presently stationed at Yokosuka Naval Base in Tokyo Bay, Japan.

"I really can't comment on the electronic or technological capabilities of our military", Pence told Bash.

Abe said Japan hoped for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue". Days later, in response to a question about the warships, Trump told the Fox Business Network that the USA was "sending an armada, very powerful" to North Korea.

Tensions between the two nations have been fraught throughout Trump's presidency of nearly three months.

Pence did not mention the Carl Vinson or the controversy. We're ready to defend our allies in this region. The country's United Nations envoy, Kim In Ryong, said this week that the USA had pushed the Korean Peninsula to the "brink of war".

"The point the President was making is that we're ready".

The US administration has come under criticism following revelations that the strike group led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was actually heading in the opposite direction despite an earlier announcement that it would be heading to waters off the Korean Peninsula.



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