US Vice President Pence visits DMZ amid high tensions with North Korea

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2017

Military options available to Trump range from a sea blockade aimed at enforcing sanctions to cruise missile strikes on nuclear and missile facilities to a broader campaign aimed at overthrowing leader Kim Jong Un. Needless to say, South Korea should impose strong pressure on North Korea in order for the new USA strategy to take effect.

He said the United States was working with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options. "There is an worldwide consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just can not continue", Mr McMaster said. "The President and his military team are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch". The U.S. moves an vast warship to the waters off the peninsula in a display of military might.

Asked whether China's currency policy has anything to do with North Korea, McCain responded: "It may be part of the overall relationship".

It came after North Korea displayed almost 60 missiles - including what is suspected to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile - at a parade on Saturday to mark the 105th birthday of its founder Kim Il-Sung. "An abandonment of its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile program".

The US, which has moved an aircraft carrier and several other warships towards the Korean peninsula, has previously warned its policy of strategic patience with North Korea is over.

More directly on North Korea, the president returned to a theme of placing much emphasis on China for reining in the North. "We will see what happens!"

The White House said Trump "has avoided travel in order to focus on an ambitious domestic agenda, including the signing of executive orders and legislation to roll back Obama-era regulations", The New York Times reports.

"South Korea has some 20 million people within artillery range of North Korea", retired ambassador Chris Hill, the top US envoy to talks with North Korea under President George W. Bush, said on Sunday on ABC's "This Week" program.

Fellow US ally Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded North Korea comply with United Nations resolutions and abandon developing nuclear missiles.

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"North Korea is a liability to everybody and it's a threat not just to the United States, not just to South Korea, not just to Japan, not just to Russian Federation, but it's actually a threat to China as well".

Abe, speaking to a parliamentary session Monday following North Korea's massive military parade and botched missile launch, said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace". It has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the mainland United States but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology.

China, North Korea's northern neighbor and sole political ally, previously spoke out against the missile tests.

Her response reflected the phrasing of North Korean propaganda, as well as the reality that every person here has heard talk of war for decades.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un insists on keeping his country on a collision course with the U.S. and the rest of the world with the possible exception of major ally China.

President Trump tweeted Thursday that he has "great confidence" in China's ability to "properly deal with North Korea".

He said the National Security Council is collaborating with the Pentagon and the State Department, and intelligence agencies are working on providing options "and have them ready" for President Donald Trump "if this pattern of destabilizing behavior continues". North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty.

McMaster said Trump has made clear he will not allow the nuclear-armed Pyongyang regime to put the U.S. and its regional allies under threat.

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