On North Korea, Trump signals break with US-China policy

Guards at Korean DMZ

Mr Pence and South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo Ahn, speaking a day after a failed missile test by the North and two days after a huge display of missiles in Pyongyang, also said they would strengthen anti-North Korea defences by moving ahead with the early deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) missile system.

Pence also declared that the era of U.S. "strategic patience" in dealing with the North was over, after more than two decades.

Pence visited a military base near the Demilitarized Zone, a day after the North conducted a failed missile launch.

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC that missiles would continue to be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

In the meantime, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States of turning the Korean peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a risky situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment". "But we are committed to defending our people and our allies should it be necessary". Those sessions are aimed at reassuring businesses that trade in the United States is worth their while.

"To some extent, we want to do for the United States what we did for IN", the White House adviser said.

"It is pointless for them to try to develop nuclear weapons, because if they ever used them it would mean the end of their country", Bill Clinton said during a 1993 visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone, standing closer to the North Korean border than any U.S. president before him.

"Any message for North Korea, sir, Kim Jong-Un?"

Perry said that while the situation with North Korea was "unfortunate", he would not support a strike on North Korea since the Hermit Kingdom has a secretive, spread-out nuclear arsenal that the United States couldn't hope to knock out before it got a shot off.

The Asia-Pacific will be more secure with US President Donald Trump in the White House despite the region living in "troubled times" with the North Korean regime, his spokesperson Sean Spicer has said.

"If the United States dares opt for a military action. the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the Americans", he told a news conference, using the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

It is the top USA state for per-capita foreign direct investment from Japan, including higher-technology and better-paying manufacturing jobs, said Victor Smith, Pence's commerce secretary, when he led the state.

"They are not seeking martyrdom", Perry said.

US Vice-President Mike Pence will meet Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday, kicking off talks in Tokyo the White House hopes will open doors for US-made products and attract Japanese infrastructure investment in the United States.

North Korea is upset that the UN Security Council will hold a meeting on the situation later this month, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presiding.

"We thought it was important, particularly post-withdrawal (from) TPP, to let the region know that we haven't forgotten about them", a White House economic policy adviser told reporters traveling with Pence.

Trump campaigned for office on an "America First" platform, saying he would boost US manufacturing jobs and shrink the country's trade deficit with countries like Japan.

Spicer noted that China has stopped importing North Korean coal and has signaled further economic actions after Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He also said he would not discuss any bilateral free trade deal with Pence.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the situation was "highly sensitive, complicated and high risk" and all sides should "avoid taking provocative actions". -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".

The Trump administration wants to attract more foreign direct investment, hoping to attract some with a $1 trillion plan to rebuild US roads, bridges and other infrastructure.



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