North Korea threatens 'all-out war' with United States

Last night ministers were facing fresh calls to end all aid to North Korea in response to the increasingly bellicose threats from dictator Kim Jong-un

US President Donald Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, suggesting that doing so could ease US-China relations over trade and other issues.

"Now I'm put in a position where he actually has nuclear and we're going to have to do something about it", Trump added.

Dr Go Myong Hyun of the Asan Institute of Policy Studies said the new South Korean president, who will be elected on May 9, will be under pressure to rebalance trade with the US.

Speaking aboard the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier docked at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base, Pence said a diligent and collaborative approach to deescalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula was the way forward.

On Monday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Koreas and warned Pyongyang that "the era of strategic patience is over".

"We appreciate the challenging time in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocation across the Sea of Japan".

In turn, Pence told Abe the United States understands the severe security situation facing Japan and is behind its ally "100 percent".

During an interview with the BBC in Pyongyang, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol said if the United States was "reckless" enough to use military means, his country would engage in an "all-out war".

South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that South Korea would strengthen its alliance with the United States and closely co-operate with China to rein in North Korea.

Russian Federation has blocked the UN Security Council from condemning North Korea's latest missile test even though China had backed the strongly-worded statement drafted by the United States, diplomats said.

His comments come amid differing reports about the trajectory of a USA strike group in the region. "At the same time dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure".

The Abe administration has maintained it is pursuing a combination of "dialogue and pressure" in dealing with North Korea.

Pence has met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "Mr. Trump, the vice president and others have all made a series of really ominous statements that would seem to indicate we're on the cusp of some kind of military action".

"We would like to seek the best shape and forum for our bilateral relationship", Pence said.

He called it "another abuse of authority" by the United States, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, and a violation of the DPRK's sovereignty. "So it can not be put on the negotiating table with the aim to rip it off", he said.

The talks Tuesday did not delve into sector-by-sector issues such as auto exports. "Most concerning is the fact that the USA trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled since the KORUS FTA came into effect".

The loss of US 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.

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