The Vice President was speaking aboard the USS Ronald Reagan during a visit to Japan and claimed the US would “protect the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea”.
Yesterday a top North Korean diplomat declared the reclusive state will “destroy without any mercy” if the West makes “the slightest move”.
Trump is confident that harsh words will encourage North Korea to back down
We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearised Korean Peninsula
The Vice President told reporters that Donald Trump was highly confident that economic and diplomatic pressure will convince despotic leader Kim Jong-un to cooperate.
Mr Pence said: “We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearised Korean Peninsula.
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“We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan, we are with you 100 percent.
Jong-Un who has thus far conducted five nuclear tests and is believed to possess 2,500-5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons has also been exporting ballistic missile components, technology, and design data via the Middle East.
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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.
Sin Hong-choi, North Korea’s deputy foreign minister, made some explosive comments in an interview, when he stated: “The time of dictating orders by brandishing the US military might has gone.”
Pence has been touring South East Asia
On Sunday it was alleged that North Korea's military weapons cache were made up of dummy props including wood shaped and painted to look like warheads.
The US aircraft carrier strike group, composed of the Carl Vinson with guided-missile destroyers and other vessels, is understood to be around the East China Sea and heading north toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea have continued with their propaganda despite a failed missile test
China has appeared increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang, speaking out against its weapons tests and supporting United Nations sanctions, while repeatedly calling for talks.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the situation was “highly sensitive, complicated and high risk” and all sides should “avoid taking provocative actions”.