US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that the country will “strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific region and will be” always with shield and sword prepared. “

“North Korea is currently the most urgent and serious threat to peace and freedom in the region,” said Mike Pence
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US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that the country would “strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific and be” always shielded and sword prepared, “in a speech on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier at Japan.

Donald Trump’s administration’s “number two” underscored the strength of the alliance between the United States and Japan, and again warned that Washington would respond “effectively and overwhelmingly” to any attack, especially from North Korea, during the Second and last day of the visit to Japan.

“North Korea is currently the most urgent and serious threat to peace and freedom in the region,” Pence said during a visit to the Ronald Reagan nuclear-powered aircraft carrier parked in the port of Yokosuka, The largest North American marine barracks in the region.

The new US administration “will always seek peace, but will also always keep the shield on guard and the sword prepared,” said Pence, whose Asian journey comes at a time of great tension on the Korean peninsula due to Pyongyang’s constant gun tests.

Washington said it had shipped another carrier, the “Carl Vinson”, to the peninsula in response to a North Korean ballistic test ten days ago, but the ship is still far from the waters of the sea of Japan.

“Under the presidency of Trump, the United States will strengthen Asia-Pacific presence, and Japan will also play a larger role in the region,” said the US vice president in his address to Ronald’s crew Reagan “.

Pence added that the United States will employ “all military capability in the protection of Japan, including the Senkaku Islands.”

The vice president highlighted the Trump administration’s commitment to the defense of remote islands (Senkaku to Japan, Diaoyu to China), run by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing and the focus of frequent conflicts between neighboring countries.

After the visit to the aircraft carrier, the White House’s “number two” will attend a meeting in Tokyo with US and Japanese businessmen before moving to the Atsugi air and naval base, the last leg in Japan.

From this base, south of Tokyo, Pence departs this afternoon for Jakarta, and finally to Australia, the last destination of the trip to Asia and the Pacific.

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