US Defence Secretary pressurises China over N.Korea

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

"We can not accept Chinese actions that impinge on the interests of the worldwide community, undermining the rules-based order that has benefited all countries here today (at the forum), including, and especially China", Mattis said, in a speech to delegates and the media at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

"The United States will continue to seek a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to this situation", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council after the vote.

"Must Stop Modernization of Nuclear Strategic Assets", North Korea said Saturday it was interested in peace, but would not surrender its nuclear weapons as a condition for de-escalating the current tensions with the us on the Korean peninsula. Allies of Washington, including North Korea's rival neighbor South Korea and Japan, have also positioned themselves for a potential conflict by conducting military exercises with USA naval assets in the Asia-Pacific.

Mattis spoke at Shanghai's annual Shangri-La Dialogue after President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord and German leaders attacked American leadership.

Beijing's approach is different not only in terms of the nature of weaponization on the artificial islands, Mattis said, but for "China's disregard for worldwide law, it's contempt for other nation's interests and its efforts to dismiss nonadversarial resolution of issues". Michael Fullilove, the head of the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy, asked Mattis after his speech.

"The gangster-like U.S. imperialists are making all the more desperate in their moves to ignite a nuclear war despite the repeated warnings of the DPRK", it said.

In a sign of the US commitment to the region, Mattis said that soon about 60 per cent of overseas tactical aviation assets would be assigned to the region and he would work with the US Congress on an Asia-Pacific stability initiative. "We will still be there. And we will be with you".

"The United States is a longtime Pacific power", she said. "We will still be there", he said.

Illustrative: A South Korean army soldier walks by a TV news program showing a file image of missiles being test-launched by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

"I think actions speak as loud if not occasionally louder than words", Payne said, pointing out that Mattis's first worldwide visit was to Japan and South Korea.

"We oppose countries militarizing artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims unsupported by worldwide law", he said.

Whether Mattis convinced participants that Trump shared his support was unclear.

The PM and Defence Minister are returning home tonight before AUSMIN conference with the US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary.

"I would like to know very clearly what are the true intentions of the new administration", Hishammuddin said.

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada later said she placed "full trust" in the United States, a sentiment echoed by Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne.

North Korea's press is tightly controlled by the government, and media outlets are often used to convey official messages overseas. "History is compelling on this point: nations with strong allies that respect one another thrive and those without stagnate and wither".

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