Mike Pence reassures Japan of United States resolve on North Korea

Mike Pence reassures Japan of United States resolve on North Korea

Pence puts Japan on notice that Washington wants results "in the near future" from talks it hopes will open markets to USA goods, adding that the dialogue could lead to negotiations on a two-way trade deal. Do you really want North Korea to have a missile that can hit California with a nuclear weapon on top of it.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned the USA against taking unilateral military action in North Korea on Monday at a press conference in Moscow.

During his visit to South Korea, at the outset of his 10-day trip to Asia, Pence's attention mostly was directed at the North Korean situation. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Unlike Obama, however, Trump has chose to confront this threat head-on, dispatching what he called a "very powerful" armada to the Korean Peninsula as a sign of strength and a show of solidarity with the United States' allies in the region, South Korea and Japan.

In November a year ago, the United Nations restricted member states from importing North Korean coal on the basis that the $1 billion annual revenue may contribute to the DPRK's weapons programs.

North Korea is one of Trump's most hard national security challenges. USA officials believe that this factor also complicates the shoot-down strategy.

"It is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well as peaceable settlements of the issue", he said. Regime change threatens to establish a new, US -allied Korea on its northeastern frontier as any leader outside the Kim dynasty would struggle to gain legitimacy.

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On Wednesday, China stopped short of criticising the USA but said such actions compromised peace in the region.

The North, which is intent on developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States, defied worldwide pressure Sunday with a test that failed immediately after launch.

He said that an "all-out war" would result if the United States took military action. But at the same time, McMaster said on "This Week" on ABC that "it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully".

Other means of pressuring Pyongyang must continue until it sees the benefit in earnestly negotiating an end to its nuclear programme.

The probability of Aegis interceptors missing a North Korean target would be embarrassing for the U.S. and embolden Pyongyang.

However, a display of military might coinciding with the celebration fizzled, as a North Korean missile exploded shortly after being launched. But confrontation and conflict will not resolve the problem, and may worsen it as North Korea is nuclear and unpredictable.

Pence also said the USA would protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.