US ready to provide assistance to quake-hit Taiwan

The United States says it is ready to offer Taiwan whatever aid is needed after Wednesday's powerful earthquake.

White House National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement on Wednesday: "We are monitoring reports of the earthquake impacting Taiwan and continue to monitor its potential impact on Japan. The United States stands ready to provide any necessary assistance."

National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby told reporters, "Our only concern right now is for safety and security of people in the region that could be affected by the earthquake and its aftermath." He added that the US is in touch with authorities and stands by to assist in any way that might be required.