US will take whatever ‘action can be necessary’ against North Korea

President of North Korea Kim Yong-nam as well as Kim Yo-jong, sister of President of North Korea Kim Jong-un, below Mike Pence, Vice-President of USA as well as his wife Karen Pence during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

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President of North Korea Kim Yong-nam as well as Kim Yo-jong, sister of President of North Korea Kim Jong-un, below Mike Pence, Vice-President of USA as well as his wife Karen Pence during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

The U.S. as well as its allies are not ruling out military action against North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News.

“We’re gonna make the item crystal clear of which our military, the Japanese self-defense forces, our allies here in South Korea, all of our allies across the region, are, are fully prepared to defend our nations as well as to take what can be — action can be necessary to defend our homeland,” Pence said in an interview with NBC’s “Nightly News” while attending the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Pence as well as his wife were spotted sitting adjacent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, during the opening ceremony of the games.

President Donald Trump, as well as several U.S. allies, have agreed to halt all military exercises until after the Olympics, Pence said.

Meanwhile, defense experts who analyzed Thursday’s military parade in North Korea say the item appears the country carries a shortage of vehicles used for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Read the full report at NBC News.

Disclosure: CNBC parent NBCUniversal owns NBC Sports as well as NBC Olympics. NBC Olympics can be the U.S. broadcast rights holder to all Summer as well as Winter Games through the year 2032.

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