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Pence Stresses U.S. Resolve to Defend Japan

Pence Stresses U.S. Resolve to Defend Japan

   Yokosuka, Kanagawa Pref., April 19 (Jiji Press)--U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday stressed his country's resolve to defend Japan as obliged under the bilateral security treaty.
   "The United States' commitment to Article 5 of our security treaty is unwavering," Pence said in a speech before U.S. troops and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base south of Tokyo.
   "Our treaty covers all of the territories administered by Japan, including the Senkaku islands," Pence said, referring to the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that are also claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.
   Pence said, "North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to the peace and security of the Asia Pacific."
   In a warning against the reclusive state, he said "all options are on the table." "We will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response," he said.

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