Donald Trump warns North Korea to behave as US expresses impatience

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 18, 2017

Pence told reporters that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program, a day after the North's failed missile test launch.

"Since 1992, the United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", Pence said at a joint news conference with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-Ahn in Seoul.

While the White House is using tough rhetoric against North Korea, a White House official said it will exhaust all non-military means to stop the North, including rolling out new sanctions before going to the military option.

North Korea's latest missile test fizzled over the weekend, but its weapons development has appeared to make steady progress in recent years. He said the USA and its allies will achieve its objectives through "peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary" to protect Seoul and stabilize the region.

North Korea will continue to test missiles frequently, despite escalating tensions with the United States, a senior official has said.

US Vice President Mike Pence walks with Commander General Vincent K. Brooks as he arrives at Camp Bonifas near the truce village of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea.

Speaking in Seoul, capital of South Korea, Pence linked recent U.S. military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan with the situation in Korea, saying they showed the "strength and resolve of our new president". And he warned that any use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang would be met with "an overwhelming and effective response".

He said this policy had failed to produce lasting progress with North Korea.

"I can not call the Obama administration's period an 'era of strategic patience, ' as the USA has been quite harshly limiting North Korea's capabilities to develop economy sectors related to nuclear or energy areas", Lavrov said, referring to past U.S. initiatives, many of them backed by the UN Security Council.

Kim In-ryong North Korea's ambassador said Monday in a news conference that he condemns the United States missile strike in Syria. His visit came a day after North Korea held a military parade in its capital, Pyongyang, marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of founding father Kim Il Sung.

But Trump's very strong preference is for China to take the lead on dealing with North Korea, said the person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

US Vice President Mike Pence was in Seoul, South Korea Monday where he warned the North not to test Trump's resolve, adding "all options are on the table".

"You don't want there to be death and destruction and turmoil around the world, but again, you have to have massive backbone when it comes to dealing with bad, awful dictators who don't like us, don't like our way of life, don't like us as a civilization".

The Foreign Minister repeated Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's call for China to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea. The two leaders noted the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea's weapons programs, and each of them reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula during that meeting on April the seventh. "We will see what happens!". Any missile or nuclear strike by the United States would be responded to "in kind", said the North Korea representative.

Pyongyang again said it has sent letters demanding its own hearing at the Security Council for alleged USA abuses, but they have been ignored by a council which has seen numerous council resolutions violated by North Korean missile and nuclear tests.

North Korea has conducted about ten ballistic missiles tests since 1998 with mixed results.

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