Pence to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

Pence does not think negotiations with North Korea have been handled appropriately over the last few decades, and the Trump administration seems set on having other nations diplomatically pressure the nation into compliance.

Addressing some 25-hundred sailors on board the carrier at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo bay, Pence noted the Trump administration will work with allies like Japan and China, . but highlighted readiness is the key.

Pence underlined this during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday when he said that "all options are on the table" regarding North Korea.

The vice president said the USA would honor its alliance with Pacific Rim nations and protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory.

"We have said it as clearly as we can possibly say it".

Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Wednesday that some of the Trump administration's promises have not yet come to fruition, but he is confident that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be fruitful.

The American vice president is on a 10-day trip to Asia that has been dominated by the North Korea issue.

The North's propaganda outlet Uriminzokkiri slammed Pence for what it called babbling about sanctions and pressure.

North Korea put on a musical show to mark the birthday of founding father Kim Il Sung, which ended with a mock-up video of missiles engulfing the United States in flames, prompting cheers from the audience and smiles from current leader Kim Jong Un.

"That kind of economic and diplomatic pressure will result we hope in the regime in Pyongyang forfeiting their ambitions, forfeiting their nuclear weapons program and joining the family of nations", he told CNN.

Americans "always have to be concerned" about the prospect of a thermonuclear war with North Korea, Donald Trump has said. "China is unswerving in its commitment to realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, maintaining the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula, and continue to solve matters through dialogue and negotiations", spokesman Lu Kang said, according to Reuters.

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.

Pence cited China's decision to return coal imports from North Korea as an example showing US strategy is bearing fruit.

Pence told the ship's captain that he had spoken to President Donald Trump, and Trump "wishes he were here".

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