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Pence warns against N. Korea testing Trump's resolve

All News 16:33 April 17, 2017

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday warned North Korea against testing America's mettle with its saber-rattling, saying Washington will defeat any use of military force with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

During a press conference with South Korea's Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, Pence also reassured South Korea that Washington's security commitment to its Asian ally is "ironclad and immutable."

"Under President Trump's leadership, I know our alliance will be stronger, our nations will be safer, and the Asia-Pacific will be more secure," he said.

His remarks came after their talks on the North's unrelenting saber-rattling and the bilateral alliance.

The vice president began his three-day visit to South Korea -- the first leg of his four-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific region -- on Sunday afternoon, hours after Pyongyang's botched attempt to launch yet another ballistic missile.

In recent weeks, tensions have been rising here, with Pyongyang seen preparing for yet another nuclear test and Washington sending an aircraft carrier strike group to waters off the peninsula in a show of force against the unruly regime.

Pence will leave for Japan on Tuesday. His first trip to this region since his inauguration in January also includes visits to Indonesia and Australia.

South Korea's Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn (R) talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at Hwang's official residence in Seoul on April 17, 2017. (Yonhap)


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