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Pence reassures Japan on N Korea crisis

20 Avril 2017

President Trump received a dire warning from his predecessor, President Obama, about a major national security threat he'd face upon entering the Oval Office: the impulsive dictator of a nuclear-armed North Korea, Kim Jong-un, who is suspected of assassinating his own half-brother, executing his uncle and disposing of high-ranking military officials at will.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday told a parliamentary session that diplomatic efforts were "important to maintain peace", but "dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

The North casts the U.S. as the aggressor. That night, Trump called Xi up on the phone and the two men discussed North Korea again.

Asked whether another North Korean nuclear test is imminent, she said, "Some kind of a major provocation like that would draw a pretty significant global response".

North Korean state media last week warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, but the White House said there was no evidence it possessed that capability.

"But the era of strategic patience is over", he declared.

He said North Korea's measures to bolster its nuclear forces are defensive "to cope with the USA vicious nuclear threat and blackmail", and he said his country "is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S". In 1994, the US signed a deal meant to freeze and ultimately dismantle North Korea's nuclear program.

"Everybody's been outplayed, they've all been outplayed by this gentleman and we'll see what happens", Trump said. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".

Kim stressed that U.S.

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"We are willing to work with all parties concerned to achieve denuclearisation and safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", Lu said responding to Pence comments made in Seoul.

After Xi's return to China, Trump continued to pressure him.

In an interview in Wisconsin, the USA president complained that his predecessors should have dealt with North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear arsenal, but said he was in the position now where he was "going to have to do something about it".

Pence's advisers said the vice president would make the case to Abe and Aso that the USA rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, under Trump does not signal a US withdrawal from trade and economic development in the region.

There is no change to plans to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in Korea, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton said Monday.

"While all options are on the table", Pence said, "President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China" to resolve the problem. -South Korean installation, which is just outside the 2.5-mile wide (4 kilometers) DMZ.

Mr Trump has been pressuring China, North Korea's benefactor, to help defuse the situation, but has also warned that the U.S. will settle the issue alone if other countries will not help.

China has close economic ties with North Korea, despite United Nations sanctions, which is why U.S. President Donald Trump went out of his way to woo the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, in recent weeks.

Pence reassures Japan on N Korea crisis