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Unilateral US action in North Korea 'highly risky': Lavrov

Unilateral US action in North Korea 'highly risky': Lavrov

Trump and Pence, who stopped at the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Monday, have signaled this week a forceful USA stance on North Korea's recent actions.

Pence also told gathered servicemembers from both US and Japanese forces that Tokyo will "assume a larger role and responsibility" within its security alliance with Washington.

North Korea did not refer to the mix-up but said the United States and its allies "should not mess with us". His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the USA would rely on its allies as well as Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea. But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

JAPAN Pence puts Japan on notice that Washington wants results "in the near future" from talks it hopes will open markets to US goods, adding that the dialogue could lead to negotiations on a two-way trade deal. "It was not an intercontinental ballistic missile, it failed on launch, and it shows why we're working so closely right now with the Chinese".

Pence's visit, full of Cold War symbolism, came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.

Pence told reporters that "all options are on the table" to bring Jong-un and his rapidly developing nuclear programme to heel.

"We're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held", Tillerson told reporters in Washington on Wednesday. "We are with you 100 per cent".

Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from South Korea where he started his 10-day trip to Asia on Sunday hours after the North Korean missile test. (Japanese) "As the situation regarding North Korea is getting increasingly severe, your visit is very timely".

"But at the same time", the prime minister said, "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".

The Reuters report also cited a statement from Susan Thornton noting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, agreed in a phone call on April 16 on the need for strict enforcement of United Nations resolutions. Pyongyang continues to threaten to destroy Japan, South Korea, and the United States with its missiles.

"The United States will strengthen its presence in the Asia Pacific", he said. "I've seen that the United States has reiterated it is willing to use political and diplomatic means to resolve this, as this is their first choice", Wang told reporters in Beijing. Then, our government would follow its own Constitution and use our military for the only thing it is constitutionally authorized to do - provide for our own defense.


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