Pence, headed to Japan, turns focus to trade with key ally

The statement from North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, followed warnings from US Vice President Mike Pence to Pyongyang not to test US resolve. As the brown bomber jacket-clad vice president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor.

US Vice-President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice yesterday, indicating that neither the United States nor South Korea would tolerate further missile or nuclear tests, with attacks in Syria and Afghanistan showing US resolve. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Advocates for the TPP, negotiated by former President Barack Obama and supported by Abe, said it would have dramatically reduced tariffs on US goods and opened new markets.

"There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over", Pence told reporters.

"The United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean peninsula".

In the meantime, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States of turning the Korean peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a risky situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment". The deal was supported by business groups, but USA labor interests argued it would hurt American workers and Trump said he could negotiate a better deal.

China also made a plea for a return to negotiations, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang saying Beijing wants to resume the talks that ended in stalemate in 2009.

"It means the Trump administration will seek out new and creative ways to meet the North Korean challenge", Ms Bishop said of America's potential response. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that USA plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

He said the U.S. and its allies would achieve their objectives through "peaceable means, or ultimately by whatever means are necessary", in a drive to protect South Korea and stabilise the region.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and it showed no let-up in its defiance after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles in Pyongyang.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has a diabolical plan in case tensions with the US continue to escalate, according to a defector. -South Korean installation, which is just outside the 2.5-mile wide (4 kilometers) DMZ. -South Korean military exercise an "aggressive war drill".

For decades, USA officials have made clear to their Chinese counterparts that the United States won't barter economic or other foreign policy issues in exchange for support on the North Korean issue - sending the signal that the U.S. position on the issue was in the interests of global stability. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

In a phone call with reporters Monday, Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, said the president has "made clear to the Chinese that they should view North Korea as a liability, not as an asset, and that this is an urgent global threat that must be addressed by all peace-loving nations, but especially by China, when they have so much leverage".

However, a U.S. foreign policy adviser travelling with Pence sought to defuse some of the tension, saying Sunday's test of what was believed to be a medium-range missile had come as no surprise.

Shares dipped on Monday while the dollar and US bond yields fell after soft USA economic data hurt investor sentiment already frayed by worries over North Korea and upcoming French elections.

The interview was one of several in the last week in which Trump has suggested China could win USA concessions on trade in exchange for action on North Korea.

"All of us", he said, referring to a team of experts in the field, "have written we think that the threat, the possibility of a super-EMP warhead is so great, the United States should take them [North Korea's satellites] down", he told WND.

Trump, when asked on Monday if he was considering military action, told Fox News Channel he didn't want to "telegraph" his plans like the previous administration.

  • Leroy Wright