US VP Warns North Korea of Testing Trump's Resolve

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 19, 2017

"China has indicated appreciation of the urgency of the threat, the need to have an worldwide coalition mounted, and a need for China to do more in stepping up pressure on the North Korean regime and trying to make it clear to them that there is no tolerance for these illegal programs, both the ballistic missile programs and the nuclear programs", acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton told a group of reporters Monday.

Rounds says he's satisfied with the way the situation is being handled and likes the fact that we're facing the issues and not looking the other way.

"They don't want to see chaos in North Korea but they also are not fans of a unified Korean peninsula because what they don't want to see is USA military force on their border in a unified Korea", Townsend said. There are also doubts about the leverage China has on North Korea.

"I've seen that the United States has reiterated it is willing to use political and diplomatic means to resolve this, as this is their first choice", he told reporters in Beijing.

North Korea's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Kim In-ryong said Monday that the US was using "gangster-like logic" with the country.

North Korea attempted to launch a ballistic missile Sunday but failed, US and South Korean military officials said.

The failed test, the sixth missile launch this year, occurred the day after the 105th birthday celebration of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the DPRK.

One U.S. official said the prospective shoot-down strategy would be aimed at occurring after a nuclear test. He also met with American troops stationed at the joint US-South Korean military camp.

Since President Donald Trump became the commander in chief, North Korea has ratcheted up its missile tests, along with its antagonistic rhetoric.

The White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence told reporters that the type of missile that North Korea tried to fire on Sunday was medium-range, and that it exploded about 4 to 5 seconds after it was launched.

"The leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said.

When asked if he had ruled out some sort of military strike against North Korea, Trump said he did not wish to reveal his plans.

Mr Pence added: "We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan".

"That deployment of such a defence system reflects a strong defence and security alliance between South Korea and the U.S. and is a direct response to the threat posed by North Korea", she said. "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region".

Yes, President Trump said that he doesn't "want to telegraph what I'm doing or what I'm thinking".

Tensions on the peninsula have ratcheted up in recent weeks amid sabre-rattling from both the U.S. and North Korea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated China's line that the crisis could only be resolved by diplomacy.

After U.S. withdrew from the Trans-Pacific trade pact, the U.S. has been keen to establish bilateral deals with Japan.

"We support the United States putting pressure on Chinese banks to ensure that the elites in North Korea can not continue to live the comfortable lives that they now do while the people of North Korea are suffering".

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