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Trump talks tough on North Korea, says Kim 'gotta behave'

Trump talks tough on North Korea, says Kim 'gotta behave' Trump talks tough on North Korea, says Kim 'gotta behave'
Nellie Chapman | 19 April, 2017, 07:17

China Monday denied any political motive in the cancellation of flights by its flag carrier to North Korea, as pressure mounts on Beijing to help curb Pyongyang's weapons programmes. President Xi Jinping was "courageous" in isolating the Russians and Bolivians, who also voted against the measure, the security adviser said on ABC television on Sunday.

Abandoning that policy, according to officials from President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama's administrations, risks sending a unsafe message to U.S. allies and adversaries alike and sending the USA tumbling down a slippery slope.

Perry told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in November that "North Korea, while they're evil, are not crazy" and that it would not seek to carry out a nuclear first strike on South Korea, Japan, or any United States forces stationed there.

He held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about Korean Peninsula tensions.

North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.

He said rolling back the hostile US policy toward the DPRK "is the precondition to solving all the problems in the Korean Peninsula".

Pence also said the USA would protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory. "That is not going to instill confidence".

North Korea escalated its ongoing war of words with the United States on Monday (April 17), saying it would not curtail its missile-testing programme and warning of "all out war" if Washington took military action against it. So Trump has taken a different tack: seeking to incentivize China into stepping up its role in the North Korean issue as he stressed the urgency of confronting the threat.

"The North Korean regime is a criminal enterprise". Trump tweeted last week.

Trump and Abe agreed in February to have Pence and Aso, who is also Japan's finance minister, open an economic dialogue.

The US and Japan on Tuesday launched economic talks that Vice President Mike Pence said could result in a bilateral trade deal, salvaging some of the progress made in negotiations towards the now-abandoned TPP. "They came back with some really interesting suggestions-sanctions, diplomatic things we could do, secondary sanctions we could do, and obviously, military options", she said.

The Trump administration wants to find more of that kind of foreign direct investment, and hopes to attract some with the $1 trillion plan to rebuild USA roads, bridges and other types of infrastructure. The Trump administration has labeled this policy "maximum pressure and engagement", although officials acknowledge there is no current engagement with Pyongyang. Under rainfall, Pence later stood a few metres from the military demarcation line outside Freedom House, gazing at the North Korean soldiers across the border, and then peered at a deforested stretch of North Korea from a lookout post in the hillside.

"The leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".

Former President Obama, too, tried to persuade China to use its influence over Pyongyang.

Inside North Korea: The pictures Kim Jong-un doesn't want you to see Wed, April 12, 2017 Photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.