Trump says China working with US on North Korea problem

China is North Korea's only major ally.

Tensions with North Korea have ratcheted up following a series of American and South Korean military exercises in the region and a US decision to divert an aircraft carrier and other warships from a planned visit to Australia and toward the Korean peninsula in recent days.

"U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security".

President Donald Trump suggested Sunday that his about-face on labeling China a currency manipulator was a strategic move meant to entice the country's cooperation on North Korea.

- A North Korean missile "blew up nearly immediately" on its test launch today, the U.S. Pacific Command said, hours before Vice President Mike Pence was due in South Korea for talks on the North's increasingly defiant arms program.

Pointing to Trump's recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, Pence said, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve", or the US armed forces in the region. The adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's initial understanding of the launch, said there was no expected response from the Trump administration because there was no need for the reinforce the failure.

USA officials said they are certain the missile was not an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

Pyongyang's rogue atomic ambitions have come into sharp focus in recent weeks, with Trump vowing a tough stance against the North and threatening unilateral action if China failed to help curb its neighbour's nuclear programme.

He told the packed-out square: "If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare". The vice president is on a tour which will also include Japan, Indonesia and Australia.

During a fellowship meal after the services, he said the tensions on the Korean peninsula had put into sharp focus the importance of the joint U.S.

Along with the deployment of the Naval aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were also deployed last month in their biggest-ever joint military exercises.

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. But the failure will sting in Pyongyang because it comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year- celebrations of the 105th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. The official said, without elaborating, that had it been a nuclear test, "other actions would have been taken by the U.S".

North Korea on Sunday staged a fresh missile test, a day after a defiant giant military parade.

He warned that North Korea's goal with its nuclear program is "more ambitious" than just seeking "regime survival".

  • Leroy Wright