Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Pence says US stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 07:31

Mr Kim stressed that US-South Korean military exercises being staged were now the largest-ever "aggressive war drill" aimed at his country, formally the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The test was unsuccessful, with the device blowing up "almost immediately", according to USA military officials.

Both the USA and South Korea believe that the recent missile test by North Korea failed.

Pence made his remarks as the White House grappled with controversy over the location of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group that U.S. President Donald Trump said last week had been sent to near the Korean peninsula as a warning to North Korea, but which headed towards Australia instead. "We are with you 100%", he said.

Days later, in response to a question about the warships, Trump told the Fox Business Network that the US was "sending an armada, very powerful" to North Korea. Do you really want North Korea to have a missile that can hit California with a nuclear weapon on top of it.

On April 17 North Korea's Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC in Pyongyang, that despite worldwide condemnation and growing military tensions with the U.S., North Korea will "be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

He has sent a navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula, and the US and South Korea are moving ahead with the early deployment of a controversial missile defence system.

"If the USA comes up with a risky military option, then the first card is in our hands, then we'll deal with it with our pre-emptive strike", he said.

China has close economic ties with North Korea, despite United Nations sanctions, which is why U.S. President Donald Trump went out of his way to woo the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, in recent weeks.

"China's stance on this is unswerving", Lu said in strongest comments against North Korea in the present crisis.

Reports say that Sinpo is not only a testing and launch field for missiles but also a port for North Korea's submarine activities.

US Vice-President Mike Pence had said earlier that his country's "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over.

"It is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well as peaceable settlements of the issue", Mr. Abe said.

Speaking with reporters on his way to the Middle East, Mattis said the most recent test was not an intercontinental ballistic missile but still a reckless move.

"There has been heightened tension between the U.S., the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea". He not only referred to the leader of North Korea as "this gentleman" multiple times during the interview, but also implied that Kim is the same person as his father and possibly even his own grandfather.