US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Tokyo today bringing a renewed commitment to Japan's security amid a growing threat from a nuclear armed North Korea.
Pointing to the quarter-century since the USA first confronted North Korea over its attempts to build nuclear weapons, he said a period of patience had followed. But the vice-president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to rid itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that the United States government will review the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in 2012 with South Korea, a media report said.The review would be aimed at looking for ways to improve the trade deficit between the two countries, Efe news reported. "We are with you 100 percent", the visiting vice president said.
North Korea's deputy representative to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the U.S. on Monday of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out an any time" and said Pyongyang's next nuclear test would take place "at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary". Pyongyang's United Nations envoy, Kim In Ryong, told reporters in NY on April 17 that the United States has pushed the Korean peninsula to the "brink of war".
"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft. the USA delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft", the Russian UN mission said in a statement.
Pence also issued a warning to Kim to not test the United States, whose patience has run thin. "The TPP is a thing of the past for the United States of America". The Trump administration has labeled this policy "maximum pressure and engagement", although officials acknowledge there is no current engagement with Pyongyang.
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.
A man watches a live television program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a massive parade marking the 105th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung, at the Seoul train station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
The following day, Trump tweeted that he "had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea", But Xi in Beijing said that he had urged Trump to seek a "peaceful solution".
Following a council meeting Tuesday, Chinese ambassador to the U.N. Liu Jieyi warned against any actions that would lead to an escalation on the Korean Peninsula. With no U.S. Trade Representative yet in office and other key negotiator positions still unfilled, such nitty-gritty discussions will have to come later.
The statement would have demanded an immediate end to violations of Security Council resolutions sanctioning the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and underscored the "vital importance" of Pyongyang "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization".
But, mindful that this would likely trigger massive retaliation and casualties in South Korea and Japan, U.S. officials say the Trump administration's main focus is on tougher economic sanctions.
He said the failed missile launch, "shows why we are working so closely right now with the Chinese.to try to get this under control and aim for the denuclearized Korean peninsula".
The remark was referring to the growing United States trade deficit derived from excessive barriers for U.S. businesses in the South Korean market.
China wants to cool tempers and would like to see a return to multilateral negotiations with North Korea.
It would be bad for Japan, be bad for South Korea.