Vice President Mike Pence has said the US will counter any North Korean attack with an “overwhelming and effective” response. He sounded the warning today from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, docked in Yokosuka, Japan.
Pence is in the region to reassure US allies unnerved by North Korea’s ongoing missile programme, and its apparent readiness to carry out another banned nuclear test in its quest to develop an atomic weapon that can hit the US mainland.
He told the audience of American and Japanese military personnel that North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific.
Pence’s comments come after a warning by a senior North Korean official, Sin Hong-chol, that his government plans weekly tests and an “all-out war” if the US takes any action against it, and has no intention of going slow on its missile programme.