Friday, 23 February, 2018

Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons

A TV screen shows file footage of North Korea's ballistic missiles at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul South Korea Sunday Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 07:28

In his interview on Tuesday, Trump said past presidents had put off dealing with North Korea.

The new administration has expressed a desire to peacefully resolve this issue, but the USA will not back down from a fight if the North takes on a more aggressive approach.

"My hope is that they'll continue to get the message not just from the United States, here in Japan, and in South Korea, but on an increasing basis from China and countries all over the world committing to a denuclearised Korean Peninsula". On the day of the failed missile launch, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had telephone talks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

"The enemies of our freedom and this alliance would do well not to test the resolve of this president or the capabilities of the armed forces of the United States of America and our allies", he said to cheers and applause from the assembled personnel.

Calling the communist regime "the region's most risky and urgent threat", Pence stressed once again that "all options are on the table".

The new forum for trade talks was launched by Trump and Abe during the Japanese leader's visit to the February.

In South Korea on the first leg of an Asian tour, Pence on Monday visited the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas and warned Pyongyang against further provocations, saying "all options are on the table".

Ahn was speaking in a conservative stronghold at a time when North Korea has ratcheted up regional tensions with threats of another nuclear or missile test. "Mr. Trump, the vice president and others have all made a series of really ominous statements that would seem to indicate we're on the cusp of some kind of military action". Beijing says the system threatens its own security by allowing the United States to monitor flights and other activity in northeastern China, and has retaliated against South Korean businesses while its military has threatened to take unspecified action in response.

"That challenge is coming if something doesn't change", he warned, adding that China is the key to this issue but even that may not be enough to deter North Korea.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter, said the missile was a Scud variant that the US calls a KN-17.

North Korea makes use of "weak transshipment regulations, falsified cargo declarations and shipping documents, reflagging and disguised materials to import banned materials", according to a 2015 report for the European Union Institute for Security Studies.

Soon after Obama's order to the Department of Defense, North Korean missiles' failure rates became "extraordinarily high", the Times reported.

Along with the deployment of the USA aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were deployed last month in their biggest joint military exercises.

The White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence told reporters that the type of missile that North Korea tried to fire on Sunday was medium-range, and that it exploded about 4 to 5 seconds after it was launched.

"There's a slogan in North Korea which goes: "America dies, we die, we all die together". And a day later it conducted a failed missile test, which drew worldwide condemnation.