Vice President Mike Pence renewed the Trump administration’s tough talk on North Korea during his second stop of his 10-day Asia trip Wednesday after briefly pushing a more conciliatory line.
Pence reiterated the commitment to defend U.S. allies in the region from North Korea — which he called “the most dangerous and urgent threat to the peace and security of the Asia Pacific” during remarks to U.S. and Japanese troops aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.
Pence had struck a more conciliatory tone at a press conference with the Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso in Tokyo Tuesday. At that event he said that the Trump administration is actively working with its allies in the region — Japan, South Korea and China — to deploy diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to try to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
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