US vice-president to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

Ashley Carr
May 16, 2017

"Either China will deal with this problem or the US and our allies will", Pence said.

Trump, in Washington, and Pence at the tense Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, signaled a forceful USA stance on North Korea's recent actions and threats.

North Korea has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions and has said it has developed a missile that can strike the USA mainland.

President Donald Trump earlier warned that North Korean President Jong Un has 'gotta behave'.

He has sent a navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula, and the US and South Korea are moving ahead with the early deployment of a controversial missile defence system.

Speaking to reporters at his Bowling Green office Monday, Paul said China has tremendous leverage with Pyongyang given North Korea's economic woes. He also added that an "all-out war" would result if the US took military action against the country. Despite this weekend's missile failure, last month, the country launched four ballistic missiles more than 600 miles.

North Korea could potentially strike Australia if its missile program was allowed to continue, she said. Most importantly, if they want to resolve the crisis on the Korean peninsula, they need to hold six-party talks, in which North and South Koreas, the United States, Japan, Russia and China would participate.

Lus comments came after North Koreas deputy ambassador to the United Nations and its vice Foreign Minister reportedly said that a new nuclear test was under preparation and more missile tests would be conducted on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

Pence's visit came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.

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China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said China had taken some "very helpful" steps, although it remained to be seen how effective these would be.

North Korea's representative to the United Nations, Kim In-ryong, condemned the USA missile attacks on Syria, saying that it was "disturbing global peace and stability and insisting on gangster-like logic".

The loss of US participation in the TPP was a blow to Japan following strenuous negotiations, especially over opening access wider to its long-protected farm sector.

After U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence visited the demilitarized zone in South Korea on Monday and warned that "all options are on the table", a senior North Korean official responded by accusing the United States of bringing the countries to the brink of thermonuclear war.

The DPRK's state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying, "We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the USA reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force".

'But the era of strategic patience is over, ' he declared.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated China's line that the crisis could only be resolved by diplomacy.

Other reports by My Hot News

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