Pence reinforces tough position against North Korea at UN

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"The entire world has one goal, and that is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, we want to achieve that peaceably, but all options are on the table", said Pence.

"If we are forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming", Pence said, reiterating the line taken by the president the day before.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke before world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Wednesday and claimed the U.N. Human Rights Council "attracts and welcomes numerous worst human rights violators in the world".

"President Trump and I also call on the Security Council of the United Nations to take strong and swift action to bring this crisis to an end and bring hope and help to the Rohingya people in their hour of need", Pence said.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", the president said in the speech. "We will continue to marshal economic and diplomatic pressure - ours and from countries across the world - to demand that North Korea abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs".

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The vice president said that he and the president will meet with their counterparts in South Korea and China at the United Nations on Thursday, to discuss possible avenues to "further isolate" the regime.

"Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us".

Meanwhile, as President Trump has signaled he is prepared to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, Pence said the president would indicate that decision "at his time at his choosing". "There is technical compliance and then there's the spirit of the agreement".

Speaking at a Security Council meeting on peacekeeping reform, Pence also called the violence there a threat to the region and beyond.

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