'Missile defense begins here in Alaska,' Pence says at JBER

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Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Anchorage for a whirlwind visit Monday evening, speaking with high-ranking military officials about Alaska’s missile defense systems en route to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Pence had been scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m., but his arrival and deplaning were delayed Monday night. A news conference was abruptly relocated to a hangar on base, beginning shortly after 7 p.m.

"At a time of increased provocations and threats from the rogue regime in North Korea, the work done with missile defense here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is more important than ever," Pence said. "Missile defense begins here in Alaska, and the American people and the world should know that our nation is secure; our defense against potential missile attacks is the best in the world."

'Missile defense begins here in Alaska,' Pence says at JBER

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