U.S. VP Pence says working with allies to put pressure on North Korea
20 April, 2017, 09:39
"If the U.S.is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method", a North Korean official told the BBC on Monday.
"I think at the 100-day marker, the American people are going to conclude what I have concluded: President (Donald) Trump is off to a great start". Vice President Mike Pence said on an Asian tour this week that the era of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over.
He reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the USA stands behind Japan in the face of a nuclear threat from North Korea.
Speaking inside the ship's ceremonial room, the vice president spoke to CNN after addressing about 2,500 troops on the ship's deck - something he said he's never done before.
"The United States of America will always seek peace, but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready", he continued.
Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday declined to say whether the United States had any role in North Korea's failed missile test over the weekend and said that "the patience of the USA and its allies in this region has really run out - and we're beginning to take such measures diplomatically to isolate Pyongyang".
Pence will also visit Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. The trip so far has been dominated by US and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts. "We certainly recognize that that was a failed missile test".
He also said, "We are with you 100 percent", adding that the USA always seeks peace.
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Pyongyang's repeated missile tests suggest progress is being made to achieve the country's stated goal of developing a ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States.
He expressed deeply negative views of past negotiations with Pyongyang.
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"We're already seeing our allies in South Korea and Japan and the wider world standing behind us, but China is taking unprecedented steps to economically isolate North Korea, and given the fact that China represents more than 80 percent of the exports from North Korea this is enormously important", he said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has once again pledged the Trump administration's commitment to defending its allies in Asia from North Korea and any other threats.
Military force against North Korea has always been a hard proposition.
But data from China's customs department showed the value of North Korean imports to China for the first quarter of 2017 increased 18.4% compared to the same time frame a year earlier.
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