US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence wave as they arrive at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland, Wednesday Sept. 4, 2019 for an official visit. (Haraldur Jonasson, Morgunbladid via AP)

Peaceful Iceland amazed by weapons for VP Pence's security

September 04, 2019 - 11:35 am

KEFLAVIK AIRPORT, Iceland (AP) — Air Force Two, military jets and armed personnel have arrived in Iceland with armed personnel as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the nation consistently ranked the most peaceful in the world.

News outlets say about 280 people guarded Pence's safety with help from Icelandic police who mostly aren't trained to carry guns.

The people and hardware accompanying the vice president disrupted transportation routes in the island nation's capital of Reykjavík.

A global think tank has ranked Iceland at the top of its Global Peace Index for 11 years running.

The country doesn't have an army and only members of an elite police team known as the "Viking SWAT" are allowed to carry firearms.

Icelandic authorities gave U.S. personnel permission to carry firearms. Bomb-sniffing dogs were not allowed because of strict quarantines.