VP Mike Pence: US not seeking North Korea negotiations
VP Mike Pence: US not seeking North Korea negotiations
GETTYNorth Korea have continued with their propaganda despite a failed missile test
21 April, 2017, 00:37
But he told the sailors, "as all of you know, readiness is the key".
While Pence brought up the issue of reforming the five-year-old bilateral trade pact with South Korea in his previous stop, the vice president emphasized in Japan that Trump aims at reforming the tax code in the U.S.in order to boost businesses for both Washington and Tokyo. "We want to send an unambiguous message especially to north Korea that any attempt to use weapons of any kind against our allies in this region or American forces overseas will be defeated and will be met with overwhelming force", Pence said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has once again pledged the Trump administration's commitment to defending its allies in Asia from North Korea and any other threats.
One of the most common refrains from Trump, Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been "the era of strategic patience is over", referring to what was essentially a wait-and-see tactic to dealing with Pyongyang but is notoriously vague, says Neill. The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe ongoing large-scale USA and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion. He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail.
Mr Pence, whose father served in the 1950-53 Korean War, said the United States would stand by its "iron-clad alliance" with South Korea.
CNN's Dana Bash reported from on board the USS Ronald Reagan, while CNN's Joshua Berlinger reported and wrote from Hong Kong.
Asked what North Korea must do, he repeated that "all options are on the table, and there they will remain".
Speculation that the USA may have used cyber capabilities to thwart the North Korean missile test comes at a time of escalating rhetoric between the two nations.
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Behind the heated rhetoric, Trump's strategy in the region looks somewhat similar to predecessor Barack Obama's - albeit with the added unpredictability of a new president who has shown he's willing to use force.
Mr Pence said: "We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearised Korean Peninsula".
The U.S.is trying to ratchet up pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
In a press conference after his meeting with Hwang on Monday, Pence warned Pyongyang not to test the resolve, exhibited by the Trump administration in recent attacks in Syria and Afghanistan, through its continued weapons tests.
China made a plea for a return to negotiations.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the situation was "highly sensitive, complicated and high risk" and all sides should "avoid taking provocative actions". Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that USA plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.
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