US Vice President would soon unveil its “toughest sanctions ever” on North Korea

Vastavam web: US Vice President Mike Pence said today Washington would soon unveil its “toughest sanctions ever” on North Korea, adding that the regime in Pyongyang would not be allowed to “hijack” the upcoming Olympics.Speaking in Japan before attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Games in South Korea, Pence pledged that Washington would “intensify its maximum pressure campaign” on the North, working with Tokyo.Pence’s three-day visit to Japan came as Washington seeks to bolster ties with its allies in the region and maintain pressure on the regime in Pyongyang despite a recent thaw on the peninsula.

“All options are on the table and the US has deployed some of our most advanced military assets to Japan and the wider region to protect our homeland and our allies and we will continue to,” vowed Pence.US President Donald Trump has mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as “rocket man” and the young dictator has threatened to rain nuclear destruction on the United States.But Kim has taken a more conciliatory tone in 2018, calling for detente with the South Koreans and accepting an invitation for his country to participate in what is being billed as the “peace Olympics.”

The two Koreas held a rare high-level meeting last month and the North’s ceremonial head of state is due to arrive Friday, the highest-ranking Pyongyang official ever to visit the South.Abe added that the allies would urge other countries not to be “captivated by the charm offensive of North Korea.” En route to Japan, Pence declined to rule out a meeting with the North Korean delegation also attending the opening ceremony, offering the faintest hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.

“I have not requested a meeting, but we’ll see what happens,” Pence said during a stop in Alaska.”We will not allow North Korea to hide behind the Olympic banner the reality that they enslave their people and threaten the wider region,” he said.It is not clear how long any respite in tensions will last after the Games, especially when the United States and South Korea resume their delayed joint annual military exercises, a perennial irritant for Pyongyang.