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Appealing for calm, China says US wants talks on North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes a target-striking contest by the Korean People's Army North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes a target-striking contest by the Korean People's Army
Howard Terry | 19 April, 2017, 01:34

The New York Times last month reported that under former president Barack Obama the United States stepped up cyber attacks against North Korea to try to sabotage its missiles before launch or just as they lift off. He suggested plans to deploy a USA missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

"That's something that we've never seen tested". "We are with you 100 percent".

North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States on Monday of turning the Korean peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a unsafe situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment".

Meanwhile, Mr Pence advised Pyongyang not to test America's resolve, warning "the era of strategic patience is over" as he inspected the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea. I hope things work out well. "If China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will", Pence said.

"North Korea would do well not to test his resolve - or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region", the vice president warned.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a fresh appeal for calm.

"The time of dictating orders by brandishing the United States military might has gone".

Abe said Japan likewise hopes for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless".

North Korea used Chinese-made trucks to display missiles at a massive military parade last week, according to photographs released by state media, underlining the difficulty in enforcing United Nations sanctions against the isolated state.

White House officials said the economic meetings in Tokyo, with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and other officials, are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the US withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.

US officials described the missile fired Saturday as a KN-17, a new mobile-launched, single-stage missile that uses liquid fuel.

While Trump is president, North Korea might get so close to that red line that he might believe a pre-emptive strike would be the best choice.

In Japan, Pence's two main goals are to spur increased USA access to Japanese markets and strengthen Japanese foreign investment. With no U.S. Trade Representative yet in office and other key negotiator positions still unfilled, such nitty-gritty discussions will have to come later.

But the meetings could indicate how forcefully the US will pressure Japan to further open its farm and automotive sectors.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan for talks Tuesday expected to focus largely on trade with America's anchor ally in the region.

The loss of USA participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership was a blow to Japan following strenuous negotiations, especially over opening its long-protected farm sector to more imports, especially of dairy and meat products.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the press that Tokyo would also seek some reassurance about security with regards to North Korea during Pence's visit.

Before Pence's arrival, Aso told reporters the talks were meant to provide, "not friction, but cooperation".

(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands prior to a luncheon hosted by Abe at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Pence developed ties with Japanese business and political leaders as governor of IN, a state that is home to Subaru, Honda and Toyota plants, and about 260 Japanese companies IN total employing about 60,000 residents.

In preliminary meetings Tuesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sat down with Japan's trade minister, Hiroshige Seko.

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