United States warns North Korea: Don't test our resolve

Asian stock markets mixed as North Korea tensions lessen

VP Pence visits to DMZ as tensions near Korean Peninsula riseUnited States Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea amid elevated tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Pence arrived in Seoul Sunday to kick off his five-leg trip to the Asia-Pacific region, the first visit in the area since he took office as vice president.

A top White House foreign policy adviser on Sunday became the latest Trump official to warn that while diplomatic pressure was preferable, United States military action is very much on the table.

Said Abe: "It goes without saying that it is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well peaceable settlements of the issue".

Pence told reporters near the Demilitarized Zone on Monday that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program, a day after the North's failed missile test launch. Appearing later with South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, the vice president pointed to Trump's recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan as signs that the new administration would not shrink from acting against the North. USA administrations have tried both sticks and carrots over the years and found that nothing much works when it comes to dealing with the most secretive, most paranoid regime in the world.

So while with worldwide diplomacy World War 3 could be avoided, North Korea doesn't seem to be backing down. The United States' commanding general there is calling for thousands more USA troops.

US Vice-President Mike Pence has warned North Korea not to test the United States' resolve and military prowess, while reiterating that all options to deal with the regime's nuclear threat are possible, including military action.

The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked. South Korea hosts 28,500 US troops to counter the threat from the North.

The US trade deficit with South Korea in 2016 amounted to $27.6 billion.

The new forum for trade talks was launched by Trump and Abe during the Japanese leader's visit to the U.S.in February. Kim, a tyrant who is notorious for carrying out gross human rights abuses, likes to defy world powers with displays of his military might, and Trump has given him all the more reason to play this brutal game.

Also this week, Trump administration National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, in remarks to ABC News, said he believes the Chinese government had become part of an "international consensus" that the status quo on the Korean peninsula could not persist.

Some called for the continued support of Seoul against Pyongyang, but without the belligerent use of social media that could instigate inadvertent military mobilization.

For now, both sides seem eager to downplay potential for conflict.

Others suggested an abandonment of South Korea, in favor of spending time and manpower to develop stronger relationships with the rest of Asia. "The better path would be for China to address the North Korean threat that is actually making such defensive measures necessary".

As part of its efforts to avoid the manipulator label and a major renegotiation of its trade deal, South Korea has announced plans to import more energy products from the USA, while encouraging its companies to invest more in America. The nuclear concern with "irresponsible" North Korea would likely be curtailed by Beijing, which is equally as unenthusiastic towards Pyongyang's nuclear program as is Washington. And while there, he sent a warning to North Korea. "But all options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of South Korea".

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