Суббота, 20 Апреля, 2019

'The sword stands ready': US VP Mike Pence warns North Korea

North Korea is 'getting the message': US Vice Prez Pence 'The sword stands ready': US VP Mike Pence warns North Korea
Manuel Armenta | 20 Апреля, 2017, 06:48

Speaking aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on April 19, Pence said North Korea was "the most unsafe and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific" region.

Mr Han told the BBC: "If the United States is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method". North Korea's nuclear and missile development dominated the agenda on his first stop in South Korea.

"It is our belief by bringing together the family of nations with diplomatic and economic pressure we have a chance of achieving a freeze on the Korean Peninsula", Pence said.

Speaking aboard the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier docked at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base, Pence said a diligent and collaborative approach to deescalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula was the way forward.

According to a report in Guardian on Tuesday, the USA is exploring ways short of war to pressure the country into denuclearisation, particularly if Pyongyang goes forward with a sixth nuclear test.

"Despite the strong ties between the USA and Korea, we have to be honest about where our trade relationship is".

Noting Trump's recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, Pence said, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve", or the US armed forces in the region.

As talks began Tuesday, Aso said the U.S. -Japan alliance has underpinned peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and that trade friction with the U.S. has given way to an "age of cooperation".

"We're all a little bit on edge", McKee said.

Pyongyang's pursuit of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons has raised tensions between the regime and Washington, which is determined to resolve the North Korea problem once and for all.

Mr Mattis credited China with trying to help get the North Korea situation "under control" with the goal of denuclearising the peninsula.

The BBC's Stephen Evans in Seoul says United States policy now seems to be to persuade China to contain North Korea while keeping the economic and military pressure on.

"If I were North Korea, I'd keep it as a last strategic card", he said.

As fears grow that it may also be preparing for its sixth nuclear weapons test, Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol said that its program would only escalate. The US has dismissed this, saying that planned, regularly occurring military exercises that have gone on for 40 years without leading to war can't be equated to a state that often threatens to nuke its neighbors.

The North casts the USA as the aggressor.

He said the USA wanted peace and he hoped North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un wanted the same, adding that would be "the end determination".