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VPOTUS pool report 5 - statements at PM's residence
Andrew Beatty • Agence France-Presse
April 17, 2017: 04:05 PM

At 15:35 the VP and Hwang Kyo-ahn emerged from their working lunch to give statements to the media.

VPOTUS chief of staff, the charge d'affaires, General Brooks and his daughter Audrey.

The event is open to credentialed media, but to give some flavor...

Hwang said that the security situation on the Korean Peninsula was "dire" and he thanked the Vice President for making South Korea his first stop in Asia.

He said they had agreed to further tighten pressure on North Korea including by implementing security council resolutions.

The agreed "varies measures" to improve ROK-US posture in response to North Korea's actions including the early deployment of THAAD.

VPOTUS reprised some of his remarks at the DMZ. Citing the example of US strikes on Syria he said North Korea would do well not to test President Trump's resolve.

He warned that any North Korea nuclear action would be met with an "overwhelming" response.

VPOTUS said that the US was encouraged by Trump's talks with Xi but was "troubled" by China's retaliation against South Korea over the THAAD deployment, suggesting Beijing should focus on the problem that made THAAD necessary in the first instance.

VPOTUS also vowed "unwavering support" to South Korea, "we are with you 100 percent."

He praised Hwang for guiding South Korea's current political crisis.

VPOTUS repeated language on America's ironclad and immutable.

We are now loading the motorcade and heading to the National Assembly.

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