'The sword stands ready': Vice President Mike Pence warns North Korea of 'an overwhelming and effective American response' that will 'defeat any attack' as he addresses 2,500 cheering sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in Tokyo Bay
- Pence made the appearance on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier on Tuesday while in Japan
- He told the US and Japanese sailors at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay that the US wanted peace
- But he warned that the country would be 'ready' to retaliate if North Korea attempted any kind of attack
- At the same time defense secretary Jim Mattis, who is in the Middle East, said Kim Jong-un was 'reckless'
- The aggressive stance is undermined by a carrier still off Australia's coast, 11 days after it was to head to Korea
- The USS Carl Vinson will head out within 24 hours, Pentagon officials said - it was supposed to set off April 8
- Russia and China have both called on the US to come to a peaceful accord with North Korea
China conducts live-fire exercise on its new destroyer near North Korea as Pyongyang vows weekly missile tests amid escalating tensions
- The Chinese navy has tested its new guided-missile destroyer, Xining
- The drill was conducted on the Yellow Sea between China and Korean Peninsula
- The guided-missile destroyer is integrated with 'many new types of weaponry'
- North Korea yesterday threatened to launch weekly missile tests amid tensions