Pence says new US-Japan talks could lead to trade deal
English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily. Both Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who visited South Korea last month, have ruled out the "strategic patience" of the Barack Obama administration of pressuring Pyongyang into negotiations.
U.S. vice-president Mike Pence warned North Korea on Monday that recent USA strikes in Syria, one of Pyongyang's few close allies, and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.
Trump made the comment to a CNN reporter after kicking off the 139th annual Easter egg roll with First Lady Melania Trump. When asked: "Any message for North Korea, sir, Kim Jong-Un?"
During the U.S. presidential campaign, Trump harshly attacked Beijing as a currency manipulator and threatened to slap 45 per cent tariffs on Chinese imports.
"Today we are beginning a process of economic dialog", he said in Tokyo. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".
The unannounced visit at the start of Pence's 10-day trip to Asia was a US show of force that allowed him to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire. Pence reiterated that "all options are on the table" to deal with threat and said that any use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang would be met with "an overwhelming and effective response".
"I hope things work out well, I hope there is going to be peace".
US officials have long speculated that North Korea could soon stage another nuclear test or carry on with missile tests.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the main shrine of Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
"As the president says, it's time for them to behave, to listen to the world community and to set aside their nuclear ambitions, their ballistic missile ambitions, and be willing to join the family of nations".
But at the same time, McMaster said on "This Week" on ABC that "it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully".
Pence noted that Washington's policy has changed towards the isolated state. He also described the relations with South Korea as strong and consistent.
It also came following the failed missile test of North Korea. Pyeongyang insists it needs strong arsenal including nuclear weapons to protect itself from the invasion of the antagonist USA forces.
South Korea hosts 28,500 U.S. troops to counter the threat from the North.
After meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders, Mr Pence told reporters that President Donald Trump was confident that economic and diplomatic pressure has a chance of compelling North Korea to cooperate.
Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a clarification on the suspension of flights as of Monday from Beijing to Pyeongyang.
The first is the claim - much favored by analysts in China - that the biggest problem is how to tame a trigger-happy USA, which neither understands nor cares about North Korea's historic fears.
"We made this decision to deploy THAAD".