US VP Pence arrives near demilitarised zone dividing Koreas

Marco Green
April 17, 2017

Pence said that the USA would press ahead with the THAAD deployment and chastised China for its efforts to put pressure on South Korea to change its mind.

Amid speculation that Pyongyang may attempt another nuclear test in the coming days, Trump also signalled that China could receive a better trade situation with the USA if it was constructive in dealing with the North Korean regime.

"North Korea would do well not to test his resolve, or the strength of the armed forces of the United States". He isn't particularly interested in toppling the regime of leader Kim Jong Un and isn't looking to force a reunification of the two Koreas, the person said. It has repeatedly called for talks while appearing increasingly frustrated with the North.

Asked by reporters Sunday about the USA response to the test, the foreign policy adviser cited previous missile failures by North Korea.

McMaster emphasized that, while Mr. Trump doesn't like to advertise his actions overseas in advance, Mr. Trump's tweets critical of North Korea should "make it clear" that the USA won't tolerate North Korean aggression and Mr. Trump will "take action that is in the best interest of the American people".

The US has leaned on China - North Korea's main ally - to apply pressure on Pyongyang to curtail its nuclear ambitions.

Thornberry said the United States should also increase its military presence in the region.

It is highly worrisome that Pyongyang chose to attempt a fresh provocation even after warnings from Washington that the new US administration will handle Pyongyang in its own way if China does not do enough to pressure the North. Trump has tweeted, "North Korea is looking for trouble. We will see what happens!"

National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster also used familiar language Sunday to describe North Korea's "provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior", while leaving all options on the table as his team helps develop plans of action for the region.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged North Korea to refrain from taking further provocative actions, comply with United Nations resolutions and abandon its nuclear missile development.

United States officials told CNN they did not believe the missile had intercontinental capabilities, and blew up nearly immediately after launch. There is still a much bigger question worth asking: Can the US public, and indeed, the global community make peace with a regime as awful as North Korea?

"The days where the US would negotiate with North Korea and leave the South Koreans at the airport wondering what was going on - those days are over", he said. Pence was notified right away about the test, that it failed after four or five seconds, and, most importantly, it was not believed to be a nuclear test or an ICBM. The U.S. moves an vast warship to the waters off the peninsula in a display of military might.

China banned imports of North Korean coal on February 26, cutting off its most important export.

This is tricky for Washington, requiring the Trump administration to ask Beijing to crack down on North Korea at the same time as expecting it to accept the THAAD deployment.

Trump on Sunday acknowledged that the softer line he has taken on China's management of its currency was linked to China's help on the North Korea issue.

"North Korea showing a variety of offensive missiles at yesterday's military parade and daring to fire a ballistic missile today is a show of force that threatens the whole world", South Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target U.S. troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland.

A young Kim Jong-un has been particularly vocal in his threats and freaky in his behaviour since becoming leader.

The missile test occurred following a parade that celebrated the 105th birthday of the late first Korean president Kim Il Sung.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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