Trump Says China 'Working With Us' on North Korean Issue

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged North Korea on Monday to refrain from taking further provocative actions, comply with United Nations resolutions and abandon its nuclear missile development.

"There is an worldwide consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just can not continue".

The comments come after a failed missile test launch by North Korea and a massive military parade.

"There is the realization that if China does cut off all transactions with North Korea, we'll be in a position where once again the dictator will not be able to pay his generals, " Rep. Edward R. Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

US officials told CNN they did not believe the missile had intercontinental capabilities, and blew up nearly immediately after launch.

"Our commitment to this historic alliance to the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger", Pence said remarks before troops at an Easter dinner.

"Pence enjoyed an Easter service and fellowship meal with his family, U.S. -ROK servicemen, and their family members", the embassy said in a tweet.

"These options would be used if North Korea regime refuses to denuclearise, which is the accepted objective of both the United States and Chinese leadership, as well American allies in the region", he said.

A White House foreign policy adviser, briefing reporters on the plane that carried Pence to Seoul, was asked what steps China had committed to when President Xi Jinping met recently with Trump in Florida.

Despite North Korea's provocations, USA officials have said that the US doesn't intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch. The administration's immediate emphasis, the officials said, will be on increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of Beijing.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence declared Monday the "era of strategic patience is over" with North Korea, expressing impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

"We don't have to make the country bleed, but we'd better make it hurt", China's Global Times newspaper warned in response to THAAD, which is seen as a threat to China's national security.

The US and allies have been locked in long-standing hostility with North Korea, as the latter remains technically at war with its neighbour to the South since a truce to the Korean War more than 60 years ago.

As the brown bomber jacket-clad Mr Pence was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched on, with one taking photographs of the vice president.

After a two-month policy review, officials settled on a policy dubbed "maximum pressure and engagement", USA officials said Friday.

President Trump had earlier said China was "working with us" on the issue. The country launched a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests a year ago, including its most powerful to date.

Several countries have issued a statement following North Korea'a failed missile launch. North Korea conducting nuclear tests is in defiance of United Nations resolutions on the country.

  • Zachary Reyes