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Pence previews new round of U.S. sanctions on North Korea

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Vice President Pence in Washington in December. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence announced during a speech in Tokyo on Tuesday that the United States was set to unveil strict new sanctions against the North Korean regime.

The big picture: Pence, who will attend the Olympics in South Korea later this month, did not include any details about the sanctions or a timetable for implementation, but stated that the United States' ultimate goal is to achieve "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" in North Korea.

QuoteThe United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever.
— Vice President Mike Pence
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