Unilateral US action in North Korea 'highly risky': Lavrov

Nick Mcbride
April 19, 2017

But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

North Korea's deputy representative to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the United States on Monday of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out an any time" and said the North's next nuclear test would take place "at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary".

Mattis denounced North Korea's attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters traveling with him to Saudi Arabia, "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said. As the brown bomber jacket-clad vice president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor.

That hope's been around for a long time and has done little but provide the North with time and space to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

"We've seen some tangible indications that they're working toward this end, but it's still quite early", she said.

"Once Supreme Commander Kim Jong-Un issues an order, they will charge with resolve to thrust a sword through the enemy's heart like lighting over Mt. Paektu", an announcer said during the parade broadcast, referring to the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, according to Yonhap.

In New York, the North's deputy United Nations ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said that U.S. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".

Mr Han told the BBC: "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".

They also echo those of U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who told reporters that Washington was eager to increase trade ties with Tokyo through a two-way pact.

Beijing, of course, has made this promise before, and experts warn there is no particular reason why China would honor it now - but the White House seems to have few better options. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said tensions need to be eased on the Korean Peninsula to bring the escalating dispute there to a peaceful resolution. ECONOMY Planned fiscal stimulus from Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress could pose an "upside risk" to the USA economy, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George says, adding she is not yet forecasting it will materialize.

In Japan, they said Pence's two main goals are to spur increased USA access to Japanese markets and strengthen Japanese foreign investment.

Earlier, US vice-president Mike Pence warned North Korea against testing Trump's "resolve", and said that former US President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" policy had ended. -South Korean installation, which is just outside the 2.5-mile wide (4 kilometers) DMZ.

The Trump administration has signaled a forceful US stance on North Korea's recent actions, dispatching Pence to the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Monday in a show of American resolve.

Earlier in Tokyo, where he was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Pence emphasized United States solidarity with its regional allies.

Speaking at the event, Abe said that Japan also hopes for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless".

The rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S. began heating up noticeably in early April after Trump, in an interview with the "Financial Times" newspaper, said the United States was willing to act unilaterally if necessary to counter Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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