James Mattis says U.S. committed to Asian-Pacific nations

Nick Mcbride
June 4, 2017

Mattis said that he agreed with Chinese President Xi Jinping's comments in April that North Korea's nuclear issues can be resolved only if all sides live up to their responsibilities.

Some allies have also expressed concern that Washington's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific trade partnership and the Paris global climate accord signals the United States is diluting its global leadership role. "Like it or not, we're part of the world". "Once we've exhausted all possible alternatives, the Americans will do the right thing", he said. "So we will still be there and we will be there with you".

North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the USA regards this as a "clear and present danger", Mattis said in his speech at the forum.

Trump has repeatedly called upon China to put pressure on North Korea.

According to local news, Russia's deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov said, after the vote that although Russian Federation has supported the UN Security Council resolution 2356, imposing worldwide sanctions on four entities and 14 officials to the sanctions list, including the North's Strategic Rocket Force that may be contributing to North Korea's weapons programs but talks with defiant Pyongyang must be resumed to find a political solution.

Previously it was thought that China would only consider new sanctions on Pyongyang if North Korea conducted a long-range missile launch or another nuclear test.

Yesterday evening, the United Nations Security Council announced that it will expand the sanctions imposed on North Korea in light of the country's numerous missile tests.

The remarks come as Japanese helicopter carrier and destroyer conclude three days of drills alongside two US aircraft carriers in the Sea of Japan, as well as simulated combat sorties between US Navy F-18s and Japanese air force F-15s.

He called North Korea an "urgent military threat".

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Addressing the South China Sea conflict, Fomin was careful with his words.

China has pitted itself against its smaller neighbors in claiming disputed islands, coral reefs and lagoons in the South China Sea and made "periodic incursions into Japanese territorial waters", Inada explained.

North Korea has ramped up its missile tests, most recently firing at least one short-range ballistic missile on Monday (May 29) that landed in the sea off its east coast.

China, which sent only a low-key delegation to the forum, said its ties with the United States were vital for the region. Our two countries can and do co-operate for mutual benefit.

Mattis' trip is his second to Asia since he took over the Pentagon on January 20. We are convinced that it will increase the tensions of the region.

"I would like to know very clearly what are the true intentions of the new administration", Hishammuddin said. He added, however, that countries must "contribute sufficiently to their own security".

Mattis used his speech on Saturday at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual security forum in Singapore, to affirm U.S. alliances that he said had helped keep the peace for decades in Asia.

Ms Yao said North Korea's nuclearisation efforts "pose a safety challenge" to China as well.

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