'Sword stands ready,' Pence warns North Korea

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US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened North Korea with an “overwhelming” response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

Speaking on the deck of a massive US aircraft carrier on Wednesday, Pence cautioned North Korea against testing the resolve of the US military.

“Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and beat any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response,” Pence told 2,500 sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay.

“The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” he added.

Pence (C) delivers a speech on board the USS Ronald Reagan on April 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

His remarks come after Pyongyang carried out a missile launch on Sunday that the US said was a failure.

Pence also said that the US would work with its…

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