Pence Warns North Korea That ‘the Sword Stands Ready’

Vice President Mike Pence sent another clear warning to North Korea on Wednesday, telling personnel aboard a Japan-based U.S. aircraft carrier that “all options are on the table” when dealing with the Stalinist regime.

Pence said the U.S. would work with allies and others in the region to apply diplomatic and economic pressure on the regime in Pyongyang until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“But as all of you know,” he continued, “readiness is the key, and you – the instruments of American policy – should know, all options are on the table.”

“History will attest the soldier does not bear the sword in vain,” Pence said.

“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.”


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