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Pence in Japan: The Objective is the De-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

The VP and former Indiana governor saying tougher sanctions are coming.

TOKYO--The United States is getting even tougher with economic sanctions against North Korea, just as the country, under the Kim regime, plans to attend and participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Vice-Pres. Mike Pence is attending the opening ceremonies, but stopped Tuesday for a diplomatic visit in Japan.

"I'm announcing today that the United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever," said the former Indiana governor. "We will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile program once and for all."

Pence and his wife Karen toured Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo and met with Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

"I look forward to hearing your perspective and sharing ours about confronting the menace and threats from the regime of North Korea," said Pence. "The United States of America understands the alliance between our countries is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity and security in the Pacific."

Pence promised to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan, South Korea and other allies until "we achieve the global objective of the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

PHOTO: VP Mike Pence

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