Pence Reaffirms US Commitment to Longtime Ally South Korea

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a meeting Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Washington would “bring maximum pressure to bear on North Korea” until it abandons its nuclear weapons program. Meeting with Moon at the Blue House in Seoul, Pence reaffirmed to longtime ally South Korea the U.S. commitment to economically and diplomatically isolate North Korea in order to achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Early Friday, Pence traveled to the South Korean Navy’s 2nd Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, to visit a memorial for the South Korean warship Cheonan, which was torpedoed by the North. Nearly 50 sailors aboard the Cheonan were killed. The vice president is also scheduled to meet with some North Korean defectors while in Pyeongtaek. Later Friday, Pence will lead a U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Moon said South Korea is viewing hosting the Olympics as a way to improve diplomatic relations with North Korea. He has referred to the games as the “Olympic Games of peace.” 'Vigilance and resolve'  On Thursday, while in Japan, Pence stopped at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, where he gave a pointed speech against North Korea. He said the United States will act with “vigilance and resolve” in the face of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile threats, and reiterated the Trump administration’s warning that while its seeks peace, “all options are on the table.” About 54,000 personnel are stationed at the U.S. base. Pence toured the facility and met with Air Force Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, commander of U.S. Forces Japan. He also was briefed on the capabilities of the base if “diplomacy fails.” Pence said North Korea has repeatedly responded to overtures from the world with broken promises and provocations. He highlighted... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Pence Reaffirms US Commitment to Longtime Ally South Korea, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Pence Reaffirms US Commitment to Longtime Ally South Korea





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 8 February, 2018



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