Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons

  • Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons

Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons

"China is not the culprit of the issue nor does it hold the crux and the key to resolving it", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi argued Monday, emphasizing that the USA will decide whether or not there is peace on the peninsula.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will not "willingly giving up his nuclear program" without a significant intervention from the rogue regime's powerful ally China.

Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its weapons development.

At the outset of his meeting with Abe, Pence said that "While all options are on the table", Trump was determined to work with Japan, South Korea and other allies in the region to resolve the problem.

The "strategic patience" doctrine, which was used by the previous Barack Obama administration, hinged on the United States focusing on isolating North Korea by putting pressure on them through sanctions and waiting for them to denuclearise.

Amid rising tensions with North Korea, Pence pointed to recent high-profile USA military actions in Syria and Afghanistan as evidence of the Trump administration's "strength and resolve".

He went on to clarify that the approach of a USA naval strike force led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to Korean waters would not be considered enough to constitute "the slightest movement".

The North Koreans just issued their own warning too.

In turn, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said North Korea's nuclear ambitions were a "serious threat to the peace and stability of our region". North Korea says whatever action the USA may take, it will respond in kind.

"If the USA is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method", Han said.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would not tolerate "missile adventures by Pyongyang" but a unilateral use of power by the U.S. would be "a very risky course".

America's implied threat of force isn't new, nor is hope for engagement.

But her statement in parliament reported by Jiji Press and public broadcaster NHK is likely to be controversial in South Korea.

Pence's visit came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.

Donald Trump has warned North Korea it has "gotta behave" as the U.S. agreed to the early deployment of a missile defence system in the region. "Therefore I don't believe they're going to launch an unprovoked nuclear attack on anyone". "It's a good test, but it's a unsafe one".

The new forum for trade talks was launched by Trump and Abe during the Japanese leader's visit to the U.S.in February.

All of the talk between the United States, North Korea, China, Japan, and Russian Federation has made it so that searches on Google for World War 3 are the highest that they have ever been since Google began tracking these keywords in 2004, according to Huffington Post.

"We're reviewing all of our trade agreements across the world to ensure that they benefit our economy as much as they benefit our trading partners", Pence told the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

"I would see such an action as escalatory, but I couldn't guess how Kim Jong-un would interpret it", the report quoted Abraham Denmark, a senior official in Barack Obama's administration, as saying.

The story North Korea will not "willingly" give up its nukes, Bishop warns first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

"Either China will deal with this problem or the USA and our allies will", Pence said.

The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations.