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Pence visits Japan, turning focus to trade with key ally

Pence visits Japan, turning focus to trade with key ally Pence visits Japan, turning focus to trade with key ally
Melinda Barton | 19 April, 2017, 01:44

Japan wants the White House to focus on pressuring China, Pyongyang's only major ally, to redouble its efforts to rein in the regime and bring it back to the negotiating table after abandoning six-nation talks in 2009.

"If the U.S. is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all-out war".

However, Trump has also shown willingness to link trade to other issues, saying he would cut a better trade deal with China if it exerts influence on North Korea. "He holds his cards close to the vest, and I think you're not going to see him telegraphing how he's going to respond to any military or other situation going forward", Spicer said. In this enlarged crop of a Saturday, April 15, 2017, photo distributed by the North Korean government, the logo of Sinotruk, a Chinese company, is seen on a truck carrying Polaris submarine launch.

South Korea's acting President Kyo-ahn said South Korea would "ensure the early deployment and operation" of a US THAAD anti-ballistic missile system which is now in the country.

A White House meeting that was to help determine whether the United States should withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been postponed, a White House official says.

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"We're looking for some kind of signal that they realise the current status quo is unsustainable", she said.

Its latest missile test on Sunday failed a few seconds after launch.

During his visit to South Korea, at the outset of his 10-day trip to Asia, Pence's attention mostly was directed at the North Korean situation.

Five days later, Pyongyang again ratcheted tensions by testing a rocket engine, one which showed "meaningful" signs of progress, according to South Korean officials.

It said the USA was pursuing a path of "open threat and blackmail" directed at North Korea, but that its "brigandish" moves would be foiled by the North Korean army and people.

In a meeting upon the Vice President's arrival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he supported Washington's stance taken to keep all options open for countering threats posed by North Korea, Efe news reported.

Earlier this month, on Trump's command, the United States military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians.

Meanwhile, the U.S. waded again into military action, dropping a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), the United States military's largest non-nuclear weapon, on an ISIS hideout in Afghanistan, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to USA officials.

Pyongyang watchers have been expecting a sixth nuclear test by the North in line with key anniversaries this month.

It featured a senior official, Choe Ryong Hae, warning of "all-out war" if North Korea is attacked.

On January 19, United States intelligence satellites picked up signs of activity at North Korea's Chamjin missile factory southwest of Pyongyang, in an apparent readying of a test of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new President in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. "I hope there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria", Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.

"Under President Trump's leadership, the United States seeks stronger and more balanced bilateral trade relationships with every country, including Japan", Pence said in Tokyo after opening an economic dialogue with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Aso. Meanwhile, in the face of the looming threat from North Korea, Japan begins to hold evacuation drills to prepare for any potential North Korean missile launched aimed at the country.

The frontrunner to replace ousted President Park Geun Hye in a snap presidential election to be held May 9, progressive politician Moon Jae In, has promised to review the previous Government's decision to host the USA anti-missile system Thaad (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence).