Trump Admin Working With Allies To Pressure North Korea

Kristopher Drake
April 19, 2017

After 25 years of trying to deal patiently with North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions, Pence said, "all options are on the table" to deal with threat.

Pence arrived in South Korea Monday as part of his 10-day, four-nation Asia tour that will also take him to Tokyo, Jakarta and Sydney in what many view as war moves, accompanied by an aircraft carrier strike group that the United States has sent to the region.

"While all options are on the table", he said, "President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China" to deal with the problem. Cha noted Pence's reference to "strategic patience", an Obama administration strategy in which diplomatic and economic pressure from sanctions were given time to change the North's behavior.

North Korea's nuclear weapons programme poses a "serious threat" to Australia unless it is stopped by the worldwide community, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is warning.

"But the era of strategic patience is over", he declared.

"The TPP is a thing of the past for the United States of America".

President Donald Trump in Washington and Pence at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea have signaled a forceful US stance on North Korea's recent actions.

In Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace".

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told BBC, adding that "all-out war" would occur if the USA took military action.

The vice president earlier visited a military installation near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders. He also met with American troops stationed at the joint US-South Korean military camp. -South Korean military camp, which is just outside the 2.5-mile (4.02-kilometer)-wide DMZ. Standard policy - which calls for shooting down of a North Korean missile after launch if the trajectory is deemed to threaten South Korea, Japan or the U.S. - remains in place. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, it has escalated a war of words, warning of full-out nuclear war if Washington takes military action against it.

North Korea recently unveiled footage of a simulated nuclear strike on a US city to celebrate a major national holiday.

President Donald Trump told Fox and Friends on Tuesday he didn't live up to a campaign promise to stare down China over manipulating its currency because, well, he got along better than he thought with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Pyongyang's United Nations envoy, Kim In Ryong, told reporters in NY on April 17 that the United States has pushed the Korean peninsula to the "brink of war".

Mr Pence told reporters the North Korean people and military "should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies".

"That deployment of such a defence system reflects a strong defence and security alliance between South Korea and the United States and is a direct response to the threat posed by North Korea", she said.

The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.

Kim spoke on the a day Vice President Pence kicked off his 10-day Asian tour in South Korea.

A militarily strong South Korea and Japan could do what they should have been doing since the end of World War II and the Korean Wars, respectively - provide for their own defense.

A day after a failed North Korean missile test, U.S. President Donald Trump had a message Monday for the North's ruler: "'Gotta behave".

A woman walks past a television screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch at a railway station in Seoul in February. "My hope is that the wider world and that the leadership in North Korea are listening to what President Trump and the world community are saying". The spokesman Lu Kang distanced the China government from the decision of suspending North Korea flights and said it was purely "market-based". "We will see what happens!" Trump tweeted on Sunday. Their maneuvers show the USA reckless moves for invading the DPRK (North Korea) have reached a serious phase. Proxy actors such as the Assad regime and rebel forces in Syria, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and North Korea may well go against scripts written in Washington, Moscow and Beijing.

The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland.

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