Trump on North Korea: 'I Don't Want to Telegraph What I'm Doing'

20 April, 2017, 11:14 | Author: Leticia Walters

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

North Korea plans to continue its regular missile tests and has threatened the United States that any military action against it would prompt "all-out war", according to a senior North Korean official.

For now, the president isn't saying how he intends to deal with the North Korea problem.

But President Donald Trump's administration has said this time and time again.

The Pyongyang regime is working overtime to develop a long-range missile capability, one that will enable it to deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental United States.

"North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region", Pence said. "Now, we'll see what he can do".

The tensions between the USA and North Korea are spiking as North Korea has been posturing toward an attack, celebrating with military parades and conducting failed missile tests.

"We will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", the Vice President said, to applause from the hundreds of USA and Japanese soldiers gathered on the deck.

When Trump hosted Xi at Mar-a-Lago earlier this month, the American leader made an unusual offer. "But he doesn't understand that the North Korean leaders are unpredictable and don't play by the rules", he said.

Pence spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso, among others. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

"I hope there's going to be peace, but you know, they've been talking with this gentleman for a long time", Trump said.

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.

"It has the greatest obligation and responsibility to bring North Korea back into a realm of at least responsibility in terms of its engagement with its neighbours".

Most importantly, if they want to resolve the crisis on the Korean peninsula, they need to hold six-party talks, in which North and South Koreas, the United States, Japan, Russia and China would participate. During his presidential campaign, Trump also blamed China for unfair trade practices, pledging to label the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office.

Marines' commander Colonel Brian Middleton said the deployment will "strengthen" the alliance between China and the US.

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told BBC, adding that "all-out war" would occur if the USA took military action. He said the US and its allies would deal with the situation "through peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary". "Also, the Trump administration could open a gap with its key allies as well as China, who all anticipate an eventual return to something akin to the previous multilateral negotiations with Pyongyang".

Despite the tension, North Korea may carry out a sixth nuclear test soon, observers say.

The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.

Pence arrived in Tokyo from South Korea, where he visited the heavily fortified border separating the North and South.

A militarily strong South Korea and Japan could do what they should have been doing since the end of World War II and the Korean Wars, respectively - provide for their own defense.

China is showing signs of cooperation toward a firmer stance against North Korea, such as by halting regular flights between the two countries' capitals.

In addition to the Carl Vinson strike group, which had already been directed toward the area, the Pentagon has sent the Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz toward the Sea of Japan as part of a larger show of force following North Korea's missile tests, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

Pence told reporters near the Demilitarized Zone on Monday that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program, a day after the North's failed missile test launch.

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