Pence says U.S. stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

Pence says U.S. stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

And those newspapers' editorial boards have praised Trump's North Korea policy.

The military has not chose to intercept a test missile but the U.S. defense secretary James Mattis has briefed Congress on the option.

He said he has "great respect" for Xi and hopes the country can bring its political and economic influence to bear on North Korea.

But if Pyongyang is nervous that global sanctions are about to bite, it has not shown it, and senior officials have vowed to continue nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

On February 14, alleged North Korean agents reportedly murdered Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with VX nerve agent.

Pence was having lunch with Abe at the prime minister's official residence after arriving in Japan earlier in the day for the second stop of a 10-day Asia tour.

For its part, China made a plea for a return to negotiations.

Abe also said Japan's government is drawing up contingency plans in case a crisis on the Korean Peninsula sends an influx of refugees to Japan.

The Trump administration has said military action remains an option for dealing with North Korea. President Donald Trump earlier warned that North Korean President Jong Un has "gotta behave". USA media reports say that in the first test, a Standard Missile will be fired from an American ship stationed in the Pacific.

China and North Korea maintain "normal contacts, including normal business contacts", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, when asked about the trucks.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence answers a reporter's question at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea, April 17, 2017.

"If the United States of America is planning a military attack against us we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method", Minister Han said. It is his first trip to Asia as vice president. But then he ordered the unilateral missile strike against Syria, even after dismissing talk of deeper USA involvement in that nation's civil war.

He called it "another abuse of authority" by the United States, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, and a violation of North Korea's sovereignty. And a day later it conducted a failed missile test, which drew worldwide condemnation. As March wound down, Pyongyang once again went back to its engine tests - technology that could possibly be used in an eventual ICBM.

South Korea is staging a tense election campaign and the public both there and around the region is fearful that either Kim or Trump or both might make good on their warlike rhetoric.

"We've moved beyond failed dialogues of the past and now we've moved into an era where President Trump is absolutely committed to marshaling the energy of the world community, of countries in the Asian-Pacific, to use economic and diplomatic power to isolate North Korea and achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.

The unannounced visit Monday at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia was a USA show of force allowing the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

Pressure on North Korea is crucial, the prime minister said.

Pence reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the US considers its alliance with Japan to be a cornerstone of security in the region.

North Korean state media has in the past released images of Sinotruk chassis and cabins in propaganda related to construction or mining. Trump already pulled the trigger in Syria; that strike proves our new president is not afraid to act boldly.

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