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Pence blasts Russia’s ‘unacceptable’ activities, North Korea’s missile test

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During a visit to Estonia, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirms that President Trump will sign a bill on new sanctions on Russia passed by Congress and warns North Korea that “all options are on the table”.

U.S Vice President, Mike Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated on Sunday (July 30) that President Donald Trump would sign a Congressional bill imposing new sanctions on Russia.

Speaking to reporters while on a visit to Estonia, Pence said Trump would sign the bill “very soon”.

“The president’s made it very clear that Russia’s destabilizing activities, its support for Rogue regimes, its activities in Ukraine are unacceptable and… that very soon he will soon sign the sanctions from the Congress of the United States to reinforce that,” Pence said.

Pence added that he hoped the clear statement of U.S. intentions would lead Russia to change course.

“The President and I remain very hopeful that we’ll see different behavior by the Russian government,” he said, “and we continue to believe that if Russia will change its behavior our relationship can change for the good.”

Pence also responded to the second test by North Korea of a long-range missile this month, warning Pyongyang that “all options are on the table.”

“The continued provocations by the rogue regime in North Korea are unacceptable and the United States of America is going to continue to marshal the support nations across the region and across the world to further isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically. But there era of strategic patience is over,” said Pence.

As diplomatic tensions continue to rise, The United States has been in talks with North Korean ally China on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to impose stronger sanctions on North Korea.

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