America and NATO allies standing strong, Pence says

Vice President Pence speaking at lectern (© Kerstin Joensson/AP Images)
Vice President Pence at the Munich Security Conference on February 16. (© Kerstin Joensson/AP Images)

Vice President Pence, addressing the Munich Security Conference, applauded the “extraordinary progress” that NATO allies have made at President Trump’s urging to renew their commitment to the common defense.

In the past two years the number of NATO members that meet the goal of devoting 2 percent of their gross domestic product to defense has doubled. The rest need to do more to hit that target by 2024, Pence said February 16.

“With President Trump’s leadership and a clear focus on our security, our trans-Atlantic alliance is being defended and renewed,” the vice president said. “America and our allies have stood strong” against efforts to divide NATO.

Pence also stressed the need for unity to stop the threats to peace and security in the Middle East posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“The time has come for our European partners to stop undermining U.S. sanctions against this murderous, revolutionary regime,” and to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and pressure the regime to give the Iranian people “the peace, security and freedom they deserve,” Pence said.