VP Mike Pence Warns North Korea: 'We Will Defeat Any Attack'
20 April, 2017, 06:26 | Author: Eloise Marshall
China's top negotiator for North Korea's nuclear program, Wu Dawei, held talks on the missile shield and North Korea's recent actions during a visit to Seoul last week.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has said he would expand America's nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack" amid a heated war of words between the United States and North Korea. While the North did not conduct a nuclear test, the specter of a potential test and an escalated USA response has trailed Pence as he undertakes his Asian tour.
Wang told reporters that although USA officials have made clear that a military strike remains on the table, he believes that Washington would still prefer to de-escalate tensions through multi-sided talks.
"China is unswerving in its commitment to realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, maintaining the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula, and continue to solve matters through dialogue and negotiations".
Maybe-just maybe-he should reconsider that position because it might appear that President Trump 1) Doesn't know the name of the leader of North Korea, with whom he's been saber-rattling with for a week, but also 2) Doesn't seem to know that the country's leader during the Clinton administration died and that he's now dealing with a different person. In fact, there are some similarities.
He told CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday he believes North Korea is getting the message. While Obama's strategic patience doctrine often receives bipartisan criticism, Lavrov questioned the accuracy of the label given previous USA led sanctions against the DPRK.
North Korea-US tension is growing.
Also, according to Pence, Trump is directly engaging the Chinese leadership on the issue in a manner Obama never did, and there is some evidence that the Chinese government is responding.
But it is the spectre of a real war, not the trade variety that haunts the vice-president's 10-day tour of Asia, which includes pit stops in Indonesia and Australia.
White House officials said the economic meetings in Tokyo, with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and other officials, will help forge a framework for a new U.S. -Japan economic dialogue launched by President Donald Trump and Abe during the Japanese leader's visit to the U.S.in February.
Pence said the US trade deficit has more than doubled in the five years since the US-South Korea free trade agreement began and there are too many barriers for US businesses in the country.
This missile launch comes at a bad time as tension on the Korean Peninsula has consistently been rising.
A full orchestra played the music to accompany the video, which depicts North Korean missiles soaring over the Pacific to engulf the USA west coast in flames.
"They reaffirmed that curbing Pyongyang's provocative acts and pressuring the North into changing its path are mutual interests of Seoul and Tokyo", it added.
"I really can't comment on the electronic and technical capabilities of our military, but we certainly would recognize that that was a failed missile test, it failed nearly immediately", he said. "I thought it was important that people on the other side of the DMZ see our resolve in my face". Pence paused, collected his thoughts and then told me the story of when he was a 19-year-old traveler in Germany in 1978.
Wang's comments came amid a mounting war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.
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