At the President's direction, the policy of the United States will be to continue to work diligently with Japan. Our allies across the region, China, and the wider world to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime in North Korea. And we will do so until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
But as all of you know, readiness is the key. And you, the instruments of American policy, should know all options are on the table. And those who would challenge our resolve or our readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.