US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

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U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence is travelling to Japan for talks expected to focus largely on trade with America's anchor ally in the region.

It is the top USA state for per-capita foreign direct investment from Japan, including higher-technology and better-paying manufacturing jobs, said Victor Smith, Pence's commerce secretary, when he led the state.

Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in February to have Pence and Aso open an economic dialogue.

Later Monday, Pence reiterated in a joint statement alongside South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn that "all options are on the table" to deal with threat and said any use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang would be met with "an overwhelming and effective response".

Japan and the US have outlined a path forward for economic talks between the countries.

He reassured Japan of the US' commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions after warning that its own strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.

Three months on, China's calling for calm amid warnings from Pyongyang's United Nations envoy of possible thermonuclear war, while the White House stresses that its long-held policy of "strategic patience" is over.

Pence thanked Abe for his backing of the USA stance on Syria, according to the official.

Mattis denounced North Korea's attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters traveling with him to Saudi Arabia, "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said.

The unannounced visit at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia was a USA show of force that allowed the vice-president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

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"[North Korea] is on a path to achieving nuclear weapons capability and we believe Kim Jong-un has a clear ambition to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear payload as far as the U.S.", she told AM.

According to Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Programme at the Centre for a New American Security, the failure to bring down a missile would give North Korea a "psychological advantage".

North Korea Deputy United Nations Ambassador Kim In Ryong speaks during a news briefing, Monday, April 17, 2017, at U.N. headquarters.

China accounts for an estimated 80 percent of North Korea's foreign trade, along with crucial food and fuel assistance.

He also said, "We are with you 100 percent", adding that the USA always seeks peace. The Trump administration, like those before it, appears to have no clear objective for North Korea, Gardiner says, whether it's regime change, preventing Pyongyang from getting a nuclear weapon or something else.

China's foreign minister recently likened the US and North Korea to two speeding trains hurtling toward each other, an analogy that would seem to place China in the role of helpless bystander. But it remains unclear what might come next.

Behind the heated rhetoric, Trump's strategy in the region looks somewhat similar to predecessor Barack Obama's — albeit with the added unpredictability of a new president who has shown he's willing to use force.

"The Chinese often express frustration with North Korea, and disappointment".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow can not accept the DPRK's "reckless nuclear actions".

He said China is letting North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un know that his ruling family is in a "pretty good position, much better than their populous".

China is seriously concerned about the latest developments in the nuclear and missile programmes of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.