North Korea says 'don't mess with us' as U.S. plans next move

Nick Mcbride
April 22, 2017

Trump has been pressuring China, North Korea's main benefactor, to help defuse the situation over North Korea's development of atomic weapons and long-range missiles but he has also warned that the US will settle the issue alone if other countries won't help. The vice president also told CNN's Dana Bash that "we've really moved beyond the era of strategic patience", which echoes the sentiment of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week, who stated that "the policy of strategic patience" under former President Obama has ended.

Abe said that it was a "matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well peaceable settlements of the issue". While the situation is opaque and unpredictable, it is at least clear the "strategic patience" long deployed by a US-led global community has failed to curb the rogue state's determination to become a nuclear power.

North Korean Special Forces attack a mock-up of South Korea's presidential compound.

Graham said he recommended Trump tell China that if Beijing doesn't stop Pyongyang from building a missile capable of striking America, the U.S.

On Monday, Mr Pence travelled to the tense Demilitarised Zone dividing North and South Korea, 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".

Earlier Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the country expressed grave concern about the North's nuclear missile development, saying China opposes any words or actions that aggravate the situation.

China has recently shown "tangible indications" that it is co-operating with the turn up the pressure on Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said Monday.

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

TRADE WITH JAPAN Japan has less room to compromise with the United States under a bilateral trade deal than under a multilateral agreement like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its deputy prime minister says, taking a swipe at US attempts to pressure Tokyo into opening heavily protected markets like agriculture. "Now what am I going to do, start a trade war with China, in the middle of him working on a bigger problem, frankly, with North Korea?"

So Mr Pence struck a stern tone after arriving at a USA naval base from South Korea.

In a unanimous statement, the council demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests", saying Pyongyang's "illegal missile activities" were "greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC that missiles would be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

During a Thursday press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President Trump called North Korea a "menace".

Pence said that Trump believes it is in the interest of the United States to negotiate trade agreements bilaterally.

In response to North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9, the Obama administration deployed two nuclear-capable supersonic B-1B Lancer strategic bombers, dubbed "swans of death", four days later in a show of force against Pyongyang's provocation.

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