WRAPUP 5-Pence reassures Japan of USA resolve on North Korea

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 20, 2017

Earlier, US Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the US, adding his country's "era of strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over.

The North Korean deputy envoy asserted that Pyongyang would hold the United States "wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions".

Kim In Ryong told a news conference that "if the US dares opt for a military action", North Korea "is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S".

It comes as the autocratic country vowed to continue carrying out missile tests on a weekly basis and threatened "all out war" if the U.S. takes military action.

Pence and Abe agreed that they needed to persuade China to play a larger role in dealing with North Korea, a Japanese government spokesman said.

In President Trump's world, Russia's out and China's in.

At the outset of their meeting, Pence reiterated to Abe his statement in South Korea that the United States has run out of patience with Pyongyang's moves.

The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked.

"North Korea has vastly increased the threat that it poses to the region and global peace, so any rise in tensions is entirely due to the provocative behaviour of North Korea", Ms Bishop said.

North Korea put on a musical show to mark the birthday of founding father Kim Il Sung, which ended with a mock-up video of missiles engulfing the United States in flames, prompting cheers from the audience and smiles from current leader Kim Jong Un.

"The Trump administration will seek out new and creative ways to meet the North Korea challenge", Ms Bishop told Australian show AM.

U.S. -based Chinese-language Boxun News, citing a Beijing source, said that Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to send Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, to Pyongyang after his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. It has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead.

Pence arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. - South China Morning PostHanoi administrators are calling on residents of a village outside the Vietnamese capital to remain calm and cooperate with authorities, after they took more than two dozen law enforcement officers hostage during a protest on Saturday.

"Of course I think that any country will feel that political diplomatic means are of course the first choice", Wang said.

During his election campaign, Donald Trump called the trade pact with Seoul, which came into effect five years ago, a destroyer of US auto industry jobs.

"Now, the Chinese often express frustration with North Korea, and disappointment but the fact is that they have the overwhelming leverage over the North Korea regime".

The discussions are to focus on economic and structural policy and trade and investment strategies aimed at strengthening both countries' economies.

China canceled North Korean coal shipments and pointedly declined last week to join Russian Federation in vetoing a US-sponsored resolution on Syria at the United Nations Security Council.

The US and South Korea have activated the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system, which is capable of intercepting incoming warheads from North Korea.

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