Mike Pence Accepts Nomination as Republican Vice Presidential Candidate
Indiana Governor Mike Pence accepted the Republican Party's nomination for vice president Wednesday night, officially joining the ticket with presidential nominee Donald Trump.
He praised Trump as the candidate "who has captured the nation's attention" and criticized Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's candidacy as an extension of the policies of President Barack Obama.
Earlier in the night, former presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke to the convention in Cleveland, Ohio, but did not give an endorsement of Trump. The crowd in the arena drowned out much of the end of the Cruz speech with boos, only to erupt again in applause as Trump made an appearance.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used his time at the podium to highlight fears about terrorism and portrayed Trump as the candidate best able to guarantee security.
Trump gets his turn before the convention on Thursday, its final day.
Clinton will be nominated at the Democratic convention next week.
South Korean President Defends Anti-Missile Defense Plan
South Korean President Park Geun-hye is defending her decision to deploy a U.S.-built missile defense system on the country's southeastern peninsula, as protests against the plan continue.
Chairing a meeting of the National Security Council Thursday, President Park said North Korea's growing ballistic missile capabilities left the government no choice but to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, in Seongju county.
The decision has sparked angry protests by residents in Seongju, fearing possible hazards to health and the environment from the radar-based system. Thousands of Seongju residents held a massive demonstration in Seoul Thursday.
Park warned that opposition to the plan to deploy the THAAD system could lead South Koreans "divided" and "confused," which could play right into North Korea's hands.
North Korea launched three ballistic missiles from the western city of Hwangu early Tuesday that flew between 500 and 600 kilometers before falling into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula. The missile launches came a week after Pyongyang threatened to retaliate against Seoul over the deployment of the THAAD system.