Mike Pence warns North Korea: Don't test Donald Trump's resolve

Mike Pence warns North Korea: Don't test Donald Trump's resolve

- Tensions -Pyongyang insists it needs a powerful arsenal - including atomic weapons - to protect itself from what it says is the ever-present threat of United States invasion.A top White House foreign policy adviser on Sunday became the latest Trump official to warn that while diplomatic pressure was preferable, U.S. military action is very much on the table.Pence urged the worldwide community to join USA and regional demands for an end to the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes."It is heartening to see China commit to these actions".

Kim said the DPRK's policy is shaped by the Trump administration's push for "high intensity sanctions" against the country, deploying tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea and launching military action aimed at "beheading" the North's leadership headed by Kim Jong Un.

Pyongyang has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions, and has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the US mainland.

Speaking alongside South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn later, Pence said North Korea should not test President Trump.

Vice President Mike Pence said on a visit to South Korea today that the USA "era of strategic patience is over" regarding North Korea and its nuclear and ballistic missile program.

In a joint appearance, Pence said North Korea should mind the actions and intent of the president.

Syrian Ambassador to North Korea Tammam Sulaiman said the United States was wrong to send messages with attacks on other countries. A caretaker government probably won't want to commit to any military action, and the pressure placed on South Korea by this sudden shift to confrontation with the Kim regime in the north could produce some political backfire in the south.

Pence made an unannounced visit to the Demilitarized Zone at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia in a US show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

North Korea continues to resort to brinksmanship despite the growing global pressure against its nuclear and missile provocations.

Pence, whose father is a Korean War veteran, earlier visited the Demilitarized Zone between the Koreas, where he could see North Korean soldiers across the divide.

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"The United States commitment to South Korea is iron clad".

Pointing to the quarter-century since North Korea first obtained nuclear weapons, the vice president said a period of patience followed.

Trump said on Sunday that he refrained from labelling China a currency manipulator in part because of the country's help in dealing with North Korea.

Both Seoul and Washington have insisted that the system's sole objective is to guard against North Korean missiles - however China said the system's powerful radar capabilities can penetrate its territory and undermine its security - and spoke out against the move again on Monday.

North Korea in February launched the purportedly long-range Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile, which ran out of steam after traveling little more than 300 miles.

In televised comments, he also said that Russian Federation was ready to restore relations with Washington and would judge U.S. President Donald Trump's readiness to do the same by his statements. China also made a plea for a return to negotiations, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang saying Beijing wants to resume the talks that ended in stalemate in 2009. On April 16, the Pentagon had said Pyongyang had failed to launch a missile on its east coast.

On April 7, the US mounted a missile strike in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

In recent months it has demonstrated signs that it wants to help the worldwide community force North Korea to back down - in February it banned all coal imports from the country and last week deployed 150,000 troops to the border.

One of the great worries associated with taking action against North Korea would be the ability of the Kim regime to retaliate against South Korea.

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