U.S. working with allies on N.Korea: Pence

Jane Richards
April 19, 2017

Pence said on Monday the world had seen Trump's resolve in the past two weeks, with a US missile attack on a Syrian airfield and the dropping of a powerful non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan.

Pence on Monday had traveled to the tense zone dividing the two Koreas, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

President Donald Trump said on Fox News Monday that former Presidents Obama and Clinton were both "outplayed" by North Korea, though he did not reveal how his policy might diverge from theirs.

Pointing to the quarter-century since the United States first confronted North Korea about its attempts to build nuclear weapons, the vice president said a period of patience followed.

North Korea's deputy in the United Nations on Monday night also refused to confirm whether Pyongyang had ignored China's request to meet, while complaining that nuclear war could break out at any moment.

He said the United States was with Japan "100 per cent" and noted the challenge of living with "increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan".

While most believe North Korea's missile technology is presently incapable of reaching the US mainland, the regime does pose a serious threat to South Korea, Japan and other nations in the region.

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North Korea objects to a UN Security Council meeting scheduled for April 28, and to be chaired by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, created to show the global community's resolve in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. "They've all been outplayed by this gentleman and we'll see what happens".

President Trump's number two is also scheduled to hold talks with Japanese leaders on the subject of increase bilateral trade agreements.

North Korea's state television aired footage of a choral performance attended by Kim Jong Un, the elder Kim's grandson, on Sunday, a day after a huge military parade in Pyongyang, which also marked the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung.

Ryong said: "It has created a risky situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and poses a serious threat to world peace and security". It featured a senior official, Choe Ryong Hae, warning of "all-out war" if North Korea is attacked. South Korean officials told local media that date is when the USS Carl Vinson and its Strike Group is due to arrive in nearby waters. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing on Monday that the Korean peninsula was "highly sensitive, complicated and high risk" and that all sides should "avoid taking provocative actions that pour oil on the fire".

Abe said Japan hoped for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue". "If the United States is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method", Han told BBC.

After Xi's return to China, Trump continued to pressure him.

The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe continuing large-scale US and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

The Pentagon will conduct two major high-stakes tests in May of its ability to shoot down missiles launched out of North Korea.

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