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

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

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two previous year. Soon after Trump took office, he pulled the USA out of the TPP - which needed all the signatory nations to ratify the deal. He called North Korea the most urgent and risky threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

"Thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula", Kim In Ryong threatened.

North Korea's deputy representative to the UN Kim In Ryong on Monday accused the United States of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out at any time" and said Pyongyang's next nuclear test would take place "at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary".

"For Kim Jong-un to "behave" along the lines the United States demands would violate the North Korean culture - it would appear that Kim would be acting weak", said Mr Bennett.

The U.S. Pacific Command tracked a missile activity past 5 p.m. last April 5, but the missile blew up immediately after its launch.

It has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the mainland United States but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturizing a nuclear warhead. "But I think that our understanding is that it was not one of the longer-range missiles that they were trying to test there; it was something like a medium-range ballistic missile".

Pence's meeting in Seoul with business leaders comes before he heads to Tokyo later on Tuesday, where he will meet Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso and kick off talks that Washington hopes will open doors for US-made products.

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

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Pence told reporters that the North Korean people and military "should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies", calling the alliance "iron-clad".

"You read Clinton's book, and he said 'Oh, we made such a great peace deal.' And it was a joke", Trump said.

"I hope things work out well, I hope there is going to be peace".

"We've moved beyond failed dialogues of the past and now we've moved into an era where President Trump is absolutely committed to marshaling the energy of the world community, of countries in the Asian-Pacific, to use economic and diplomatic power to isolate North Korea and achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.

"We need to apply pressure on North Korea so they seriously respond to a dialogue" with the worldwide community, he said, urging China and Russian Federation to play more constructive roles on the issue. deforested stretch of North Korea from a lookout post in the hillside.

The Japanese leader called for a peaceful resolution to the North Korea tensions but did not rule out the need for tough measures, reported AFP.

"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", he told reporters in Beijing.

Washington and Tokyo want to see "concrete results in the near term" regarding improvements in bilateral trade, the two countries said on Tuesday.



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