Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea to not test the resolve of the United States military stating that it would make an “overwhelming and effective” response to any use of nuclear or conventional weapons.

The Vice President was dressed in a green military jacket and gave the speech aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. In addition, Pence stated that the United States would continue to “work diligently” with allies including Japan, China and other global (and economic) powers to pressure Pyongyang. However, he also told the sailors that “as all of you know, readiness is the key.”

“The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” Pence told 2,500 sailors wearing blue fatigues and naval baseball caps on a sunny, windy morning aboard the carrier at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay.

“Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response,” Pence said.

The Vice President stated the United States would honor its alliance with the Pacific Rim nations and protect the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.


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