Pence makes first trip to Asia as tension mounts with North Korea
Pence makes first trip to Asia as tension mounts with North Korea
17 April, 2017, 05:55
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says North Korea's "provocation" is another reminder of the risks that U.S. and South Korean service members face every day "in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world".
Pence, on his first official visit to Asia as vice president, will visit South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia before stopping in Hawaii on the return leg of his 10-day trip.
Pence is also likely to explain to Hwang the Trump administration's North Korea policy.
Satellite images taken Wednesday from North Korea show increased activity at the nations nuclear test site, according to to US -based monitoring group, 38 North. USA military officials have said the us doesn't intend to use force in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch by the North. Kim's No. 2 official accused Mr. Trump of "creating a war situation" and said the North "will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack".
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"We are in close contact with the United States and South Korea and in addition to urging (North Korea) to refrain from provocative actions and observe relevant UN Security Council resolutions, we will take all necessary steps to protect our people's lives and assets", Mr Suga said.
President Donald Trump's vice president arrived in the region after North Korea celebrated the birth anniversary of the country's late founder with a military parade. In its statement released Thursday, it warned: "By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the U.S.is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war". -South Korean alliance, a senior administration official told reporters ahead of the trip. "The problem will be taken care of".
Trump has been leaning on China to put pressure on North Korea, but has also threatened to take on the country alone if necessary. He said Pence will try to balance reassurance with a willingness to respond if North Korea acts.
North Korea launched a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests a year ago, including its most powerful to date, and there have been a slew of shorter range missile firings.
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