Pence addresses North Korean provocation on visit to Japan

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent 

YOKOSUKA, Japan — U.S. Vice President Michael R. Pence on April 19 cautioned Pyongyang that the U.S. military will meet any North Korean provocation with “overwhelming and effective” force.  

Pence was speaking on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, docked in the U.S. Naval base at Yokosuka, 60 miles southwest of Tokyo. More than 2,500 U.S. service personnel warmly applauded throughout his speech.

“Storm clouds gather on the horizon,” the vice president said. “North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to the peace . . .

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