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Vice President Pence announces “toughest” ever sanctions on North Korea



This news story was published on February 7, 2018.
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Photo via Twitter of Pence in Japan

JAPAN – Today in Japan, Vice President Mike Pence announced “toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever” as a deterrence to the missile threat posed by the rogue nation.

“Earlier today in Japan I announced the U.S will soon unveil the TOUGHEST and most AGGRESSIVE round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever & we will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile program,” Vice President Mike Pence said today.

The details and specifics of those sanctions have not yet been released.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Pence arrived in Japan Tuesday to begin meeting with foreign leaders in the region, building on the momentum from President Donald Trump’s visit at the end of last year. According to a news release, the Vice President will participate in bilateral meetings with leaders in Tokyo and Seoul to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will also lead the U.S. Delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang to reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime.

“The US stands shoulder-to-shoulder w/ Japan, South Korea & our allies to apply maximum pressure on N.Korea to achieve the global objective: denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Pence declared.

Earlier, Pence was briefed on U.S. Missile Defense Capabilities in Alaska.
Before landing in Japan, the Vice President began his trip with a stop in Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday evening. Alaska Governor Bill Walker joined Vice President Pence as he reviewed America’s missile defense capabilities.

As he arrived in Alaska, Pence said “As I prepare to travel to Japan and South Korea, I thought it was altogether fitting to begin here at Elmendorf, the first line of defense for the American people. Missile defense begins here in Alaska. And the American people and the world should know that our nation is secure. Our nation’s defenses from potential inbound missile attacks is the best in the world.”

During his visit to the region, the Vice President will reaffirm to the leaders of Japan and South Korea the United States’ unwavering commitment to our allies and to deter and defend against the North Korean threat.

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