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Meeting with South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn on Monday,... U.S. Vice President Mike Pence issued a strong warning to North Korea,... saying all options to deal with the regime are on the table.
He also reiterated that the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea will move forward as planned,... while criticizing China's retaliatory measures against it.
Connie Kim reports.
"My message to the people of South Korea is this: We are with you 100-percent.// The United States commitment to South Korea is ironclad and immutable."
The visiting U.S. Vice President highlighted the Washington-Seoul alliance as a linchpin for peace and security on the peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific region... and pledged to counter the growing nuclear threats coming from North Korea, noting the two allies have stood together for a denuclearized peninsula.
"We hope to achieve this objective through peaceful means but all options are on the table.// We will defeat any attack and we will meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective response.
The new U.S. administration has continuously said that all means are under consideration in dealing with the North.
And demonstrating President Donald Trump's willingness to act, Washington this month launched air strikes on Syria and dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in Afghanistan.
"The era of strategic patience is over.//North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength armed forces of the United States in this region."
South Korea's acting President also vowed punishment for the North in case of another provocation, and reaffirmed that the installation of the THAAD system will be completed swiftly.
"South Korea and the United States have agreed to strengthen their joint defense posture including the U.S. provision to South Korea of extended deterrence in dealing with the growing North Korean nuclear and missile threats. The allies also agreed to enhance their readiness posture to swiftly implement and operate the THAAD system."
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The two countries have agreed that China's economic retaliation against Seoul's decision to deploy the THAAD system as a defensive measure is inappropriate.
Pence made clear that Beijing should instead play an active role in a solution to the North Korea problem.
Echoing Trump's many statements on that front,... the Vice President reiterated that Washington will resolve the North Korea issue with or without Beijing.
"Overall, Seoul and Washington sent out a stern message to the North, but what result that has on the reclusive regime's behavior will have to be seen.
Connie Kim, Arirang News."
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