Pence warns North Korea: ‘The sword stands ready’

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - WEATHER -

From the deck of the mas­sive air­craft car­rier USS Ron­ald Rea­gan, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence on Wed­nes­day warned North Korea not to test the re­solve of the U.S. mil­i­tary, promis­ing it would make an “over­whelm­ing and ef­fec­tive” re­sponse to any use of con­ven­tional or nu­clear weapons.

Pence said that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion would con­tinue to “work dili­gently” with al­lies like Ja­pan, China and other global pow­ers to ap­ply eco­nomic and diplo­matic pres­sure on Py­ongyang. But, “as all of you know, readi­ness is the key,” he told the 2,500 sailors aboard the car­rier at the U.S. Yoko­suka naval base in Tokyo Bay,

“The United States of Amer­ica will al­ways seek peace, but un­der Pres­i­dent Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” he said..

Pence said the U.S. would honor its al­liance with Pa­cific Rim na­tions and pro­tect nav­i­ga­tion free­dom in the South China Sea.

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