Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'

Trump: China, US working on 'North Korea problem'

When asked: "Any message for North Korea, sir, Kim Jong-Un?"

"I don't think that you're going to see the president drawing red lines in the sand, but I think that the action that he took in Syria shows that, when appropriate, this president will take decisive action", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

"It is our belief by bringing together the family of nations with diplomatic and economic pressure we have a chance of achieving a freeze on the Korean Peninsula", Pence said.

The vice president says the US wants to achieve this through peaceful means, but all options are on the table.

According to the sources, the Pentagon would likely use an Aegis missile defense system on a Naval vessel to shoot down North Korean test missiles - not the more sophisticated Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system the United States is providing to South Korea's government for security.

Pence reiterated that after years of North Korea testing the USA and its neighbors in East Asia with its nuclear ambitions, the US "era of strategic patience is over".

North Korea has repeatedly ignored China's calls for denuclearization and other steps to calm tensions on the peninsula, and relations between the two are believed to have sunk to their lowest level in years.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, center right at bottom, takes a selfie with U.S. servicemen on the flight deck of U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Wednesday. Pressure on North Korea is crucial, he said.

US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated his country's commitment to the security of Japan on Tuesday, as North Korea intensified concerns over its weapons programme with a vow to launch missile tests "every week".

Trump also abandoned the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) backed by predecessor Barack Obama and Abe, and vowed to revisit regional trade deals to focus on two-way agreements.

VP Pence warned North Korea not to test Trump's resolve, declaring that "all options are on the table" in curbing its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

The vice president said the USA would honor its alliance with Pacific Rim nations and protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory.

North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations Kim In Ryong said DPRK is "ready to react to any mode of war" desired by the USA and accuses the U.S. of using "gangster-like" logic.

The vice president met Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and reassured them of the United States commitment in the face of possible threats posed by North Korea.

"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Pence said.

"China has indicated appreciation of the urgency of the threat, the need to have an global coalition mounted, and a need for China to do more in stepping up pressure on the North Korean regime and trying to make it clear to them that there is no tolerance for these illegal programs, both the ballistic missile programs and the nuclear programs", acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton told a group of reporters Monday.

"If the planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method", Han said. He will aim to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the USA will take appropriate steps to defend them against North Korean aggression.

The standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions heated up in recent days, with experts saying the dictatorship may be preparing for a sixth nuclear test. However critics accused him of ignoring Asia, especially the problem in North Korea.

Aso said the two countries had agreed to hold a second round of economic talks by the end of this year.


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