Pence says US seeks peaceful solution to North Korea crisis, all options on table

08 Feb, 2018 9:45 am

TOKYO (Reuters) – US Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday the United States and its allies were striving to peacefully dismantle North Korea’s nuclear programme and alleviate the suffering of its people but reiterated that all options were on the table.

He said in a speech to US troops at the Yokota Air Base in Japan that America stood with its ally South Korea. He spoke before heading to Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics, which will be officially opened on Friday.

Pence, who arrived in Japan on Tuesday to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, as will two of North Korea’s most senior officials. He said on Wednesday Washington will soon impose its harshest-ever sanctions on Pyongyang.

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