Miércoles, 20 Setiembre, 2017

North Korea warns 'thermonuclear war may break out at any moment'

Pence headed to Japan turns focus to trade with key ally Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'
Cris De Lacerda | 20 Abril, 2017, 14:48

"I do agree with the Trump administration that talking to China, and trying to get China involved, is an important part" of getting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un "to behave", Paul said.

Trump made the off-the-cuff comment to a CNN reporter after kicking off the 139th annual Easter egg roll with First Lady Melania Trump.

China remains North Korea's chief source of fuel and food imports, but Pyongyang seems to have calculated that Beijing's fears of a collapse of Kim Jong Un's hard-line communist regime override any such snubs. If you said anything with the name "Kim" in it, you've come way closer to guessing correctly than Donald Trump.

US Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea on Monday that recent US strikes in Syria, one of Pyongyang's few close allies, and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.

Mattis did not identify the type of missile but said it was not of intercontinental range, meaning it could not reach USA territory.

In talks with Aso, Pence was expected "to push for greater access to Japan's markets for U.S. companies, and for more Japanese investment in the U.S.", Anthony says. He said that an "all-out war" would result if the U.S. took military action, BBC reported.

United States vice president Mike Pence waves to USA and Japanese service members on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, April 19, 2017. But the vice-president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to rid itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

In the aftermath of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the Korean demilitarized zone, North Korea's deputy representative at the United Nations gave a stern warning to the world body.

Asked about possible talks with the North, she said, "I think there is a feeling that the time - the conditions are not really ripe for any kind of talks until North Korea shows that it is serious about what would be accomplished by undertaking such talks".

China has reiterated its call for North Korea to stop all tests, and has also called for a peaceful solution.

North Korea has taken "self-defensive" measures in response to USA threats of military action and these reflect Pyongyang's determination to "counter nukes and ICBM in kind", Kim said, referring to intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov warned the U.S. against "unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria" and urged the USA to "follow the line that president Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign".