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.