Kim's desire for peace 'deciding factor' in US-North Korea relations

Faith Castro
April 20, 2017

A lot of the voters supported the president because they liked that he was explicit that the US was going to stop being the world policeman. Pence was joined by American softball star Monica Abbott and Japanese player Akinori Iwamura.

After a few days of saber-rattling, US President Donald Trump's administration has reverted to the same North Korea policy as its predecessor: relying on China to control Pyongyang. He says the Trump administration's plans to simplify the US tax code and cut the corporate tax rate will "benefit every business represented here today".

On Tuesday the United States and Japan kicked off talks aimed at achieving a new economic relationship - in line with Trump's vow to focus on bilateral trade deals rather than multilateral ones that he says have damaged the US.

"North Korea is the most unsafe and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Pence said on the deck of an American aircraft carried docked in Japan.

Pence did not mention the Carl Vinson or the controversy.

A senior North Korean official said in a recent interview with the BBC that North Korea would conduct missile tests "on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", and any military action against it by the United States would prompt "all-out war".

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters the United Nations fully backs efforts of all states trying to ensure "that North Korea doesn't acquire the capacities that would become a threat, not only for the region but in a wider area of the world".

The advisor said there is still a problem to be solved before the THAAD battery is deployed and operational here and it will be decided by the next South Korean president.

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US Vice-President Mike Pence, on a trip to Asia, has repeatedly warned that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over and on Wednesday said it would meet any attack with an "overwhelming response".

Various reports, such as one from the BBC, say this long-range weapon can hit ranges greater than 8,000 km - a distance which could put parts of the risk from a North Korean attack.

Mattis did not identify the type of missile but said it was not of intercontinental range, meaning it could not reach US territory.

When Trump boasted last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula and headed in the opposite direction.

The ship has been undergoing a restricted availability maintenance period since January.

Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on the fierce rhetoric aimed at North Korea Wednesday, vowing in a speech onboard a US aircraft carrier in Japanese waters that the USA would meet any aggression from Pyongyang with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

The vice president is on a 10-day tour of Asia. Both Japan and South Korea are home to tens of thousands of USA troops. The trip so far has been dominated by US and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts.

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