Vice President Mike Pence stood on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan, on Wednesday and reassured thousands of US Navy sailors and regional allies that "the sword stands ready" to strike at North Korea's Kim regime.
Pence has been working with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss options for stopping nuclear proliferation in the area.
In response to a question about whether Chinese officials would help convince North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to end his ballistic missile and nuclear testing, the vice president said Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a frank discussion about a broad range of worldwide issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when Xi visited Trump earlier this month in Florida.
"But as all of you know", he continued, "readiness is the key, and you - the instruments of American policy - should know, all options are on the table". "We want to send an unambiguous message especially to north Korea that any attempt to use weapons of any kind against our allies in this region or American forces overseas will be defeated and will be met with overwhelming force", Pence said.
"As President Trump has made clear, the era of strategic patience is over", the vice president said.
"It does very seriously damage the credibility of the pressure the Americans are trying to apply to North Korea", said Hugh White, who was deputy secretary for strategy and intelligence in the Australian Department of Defense from 1995 to 2000.
"I don't think there's a realistic expectation of some kind of serious engagement from the global community while the North Koreans are continuing in all of this provocative and frankly illegal behavior", she said.
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From the wind-swept deck of an aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the USA military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.
He called North Korea the most urgent and risky threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region. -South Korea free trade agreement began and there are too many barriers for United States businesses in the country.
North Korea did not respond this month to requests from senior Chinese diplomats, including the country's foreign minister, to meet North Korean counterparts, amid rising tension with the United States, Bloomberg reports.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is now on his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour.
Pence told reporters near the DMZ that President Donald Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons programme, a day after the North's failed missile test launch.
Information for this article was contributed by Ken Thomas, Robert Burns and staff members of The Associated Press; and by Josh Rogin of The Washington Post.