Pence Issues North Korea Another Strong Warning: 'Sword Stands Ready'

Speaking from the deck of the aircraft carrier "USS Ronald Reagan", docked in Yokosuka, Japan, Pence told 2,500 American sailors that North Korea is "the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific".

A key policy adviser to South Korea's presidential frontrunner said on Wednesday he doesn't expect a renegotiated free trade agreement with the United States to hurt trade between the two major export nations.

Pence's meeting in Seoul with business leaders comes before he heads to Tokyo later on Tuesday, where he will meet Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso and kick off talks that Washington hopes will open doors for US -made products.

China has this year curbed South Korean businesses operating on the mainland and banned group tourists from visiting South Korea as a retaliation against the deployment, although Beijing has denied its moves are linked to THAAD. The president has signed an executive order for slashing trade deficits, and the White House has indicated its belief that the United States need not be bound by worldwide rules if they undermine America's interests.

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China expressed concern on April 19 over comments made by North Korean officials warning of further missile tests and the possibility of nuclear war.

The defense secretary credited China with trying to help get the North Korean situation "under control", with the goal of denuclearizing the peninsula. The trip so far has been dominated by USA and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts. You protect the Senkakus, we're with you on North Korea.

The U.S. hope is to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea by working with China, Japan and other allies in the region through peaceable means, the vice president added.

"As we approach the 100-day mark, the American people are going to be able to look back and see the presidency of Donald Trump and the determination and put in practice all the things that we can", he said.

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Now with regard to a change, we have literally gone through decades - it was more than some quarter century ago that we first learned of the presence of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula in the possession of North Korea.

Pence told reporters President Donald Trump was confident that economic and diplomatic pressure from the "family of nations" had a chance of compelling North Korea to cooperate. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that US plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

Trump's new strategy involves engaging with North Korea's neighbors to bring an end to their pursuit of nuclear weapons, Pence said. But his response went beyond offering a simple "no comment", as he made it very clear that the United States recognized that the launch failed, and failed nearly immediately.

The White House said it based its statements on guidance from the Defense Department.

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"South Korea and the US have a completely common position with regard to the THAAD deployment", the ministry's spokesman Cho June-hyuck said.


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