Pence in Japan: ‘All options are on the table’ regarding North Korea

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks to servicemembers aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. TYLER HLAVAC/STARS AND STRIPES
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks to servicemembers aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. TYLER HLAVAC/STARS AND STRIPES

Pence in Japan: ‘All options are on the table’ regarding North Korea

by: Erik Slavin | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: April 19, 2017

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Vice President Mike Pence said “all options are on the table” as North Korea continues to develop its nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs, during a speech Wednesday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Pence also told gathered servicemembers from both U.S. and Japanese forces that Tokyo will “assume a larger role and responsibility” within its security alliance with Washington.

Pence arrived in Japan on Tuesday and met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for discussions on security and trade. Both leaders agreed that China must take on a larger role in dealing with North Korea, Japanese officials said.

The U.S. will continue to pursue diplomatic and economic solutions in concert with other nations to end North Korea’s ambitions, Pence said.

“But as all of you know, readiness is the key and you, the instruments of American policy, should know: all options are on the table,” Pence told servicemembers aboard the ship. “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.”

Pence once again said the era of “strategic patience” is over, referring to a policy attributed to some Obama administration officials in dealing with the communist state.

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