Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Can not be complacent about potential threat of North Korean missiles - United Kingdom minister

Can not be complacent about potential threat of North Korean missiles - United Kingdom minister

"Today we are beginning a process of economic dialogue, the end of which may result in bilateral trade negotiations in the future", Pence told a news conference with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, his counterpart at Tuesday's talks.

Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that it's time for North Korea to "get the message" on halting its nuclear and ballistic ambitions.

President Donald Trump says that how much North Korea's leader desires peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions between it and the United States.

At the outset of their meeting, Pence reiterated to Abe his statement in South Korea that the United States has run out of patience with Pyongyang's moves.

"We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan", he said.

Not wanting to inflame the situation Vice-President Mike Pence said "bring it on you commie bastards".

"But at the same time", the prime minister said, "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".

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

The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked.

"The US is disturbing global peace and stability and insisting on the gangster-like logic that its invasion of a sovereign state is "decisive, just and proportionate" and contributes to "defending" the worldwide order in its bid to apply it to the Korean peninsula as well", the ambassador said.

Mr. Pence said his visit to the region demonstrates the administration's commitment to addressing North Korea's nuclear development.

The Trump administration has said military action remains an option for dealing with North Korea.

But, mindful that this would likely trigger massive retaliation and casualties in South Korea and Japan, US officials say the Trump administration's main focus is on tougher economic sanctions. Trump asked during an interview with Fox and Friends aired on Tuesday morning.

"We need to apply pressure on North Korea so they seriously respond to a dialogue" with the worldwide community, he said, urging China and Russian Federation to play more constructive roles on the issue.

The Pentagon has not discussed which missile blew up after its launch on Sunday from a base near Sinpo on the North's east coast, and the White House has said only that it was a medium-range device.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated China's line that the crisis could only be resolved by diplomacy. Trump campaigned on an "America first" platform, and has vowed to narrow big trade deficits with nations such as China and Japan.

Trump said that he had a "good chemistry" with the president of China after his visit to Mar-a-lago in Florida, appearing encouraged that he would address the threat posed by North Korea.

Pence sought to explain the policy in meetings with South Korea Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and other top officials in Seoul at the start of the trip, which will also include stops in Japan, Indonesia and Australia.

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