Trump talks tough on North Korea, says Kim 'gotta behave'

Trump talks tough on North Korea, says Kim 'gotta behave'

Mr Pence's trip earlier on Monday to the Demilitarised Zone between the two Koreas - one of the most heavily fortified frontiers on the planet - underscored Washington's changing policy towards the isolated state.

Pence arrived in South Korea hours after North Korea conducted its latest test of a ballistic missile, which exploded within a few seconds, and amid a weekend of fanfare in North Korea, during which the regime showed off what appeared to be new missiles created to reach the United States.

The plan was for the vice president to stay inside the glass enclosed Freedom House at the DMZ and not step outside towards the military demarcation line (MDL), where North Korean soldiers are standing.

He said North Korea's measures to bolster its nuclear forces are self-defensive "to cope with the USA vicious nuclear threat and blackmail".

While there is the possibility that Chinese companies knowingly exported dual-use goods to North Korea with advanced knowledge of North Korea's intent, there is no immediate evidence.

Perry, who as the Pentagon chief under President Bill Clinton pushed for the United States to strike North Korea's burgeoning nuclear facilities in 1994, said that military action against North Korea no longer made sense and that North Korea wouldn't dare strike first.

H.R. McMaster indicated that Trump was not considering military action for now, even as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group was heading for the region.

Kim In Ryong told a news conference that "if the US dares opt for a military action", North Korea "is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S".

"We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options".

Kim is determined to deliver an ICBM capable of striking the USA mainland into the hands of North Korea.

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"Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan", Pence said in a joint appearance with Hwang. But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea.

North Korea's latest missile test fizzled over the weekend, but its weapons development has appeared to make steady progress in recent years.

The program has been in development with Japan and is aimed at shooting down intermediate-range North Korean missiles that pose a threat to the United States ally. Trump acknowledged on Sunday that the softer line he had taken on China's management of its currency was linked to its help on North Korea. But patience is needed with allies, too, especially in Seoul, where on Monday prosecutors indicted the impeached former president, who could be replaced by a leader who shifts North Korean policy. "We will see what happens!" The top Russian diplomat said Moscow won't pay attention to the words of an adviser since Trump has said he's committed to dialogue.

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China and North Korea maintain "normal contacts, including normal business contacts", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, when asked about the trucks.

For its part, China made a plea for a return to negotiations.

Kim complained that North Korea has been trying to get the Security Council to hold a hearing to discuss its views on the situation, but has been getting no response to its written requests.

One US official said the prospective shoot-down strategy would be aimed at occurring after a nuclear test, reports The Guardian.

A separate critical test in the Pacific region, to be held at the end of May, will examine the ability of the United States to shoot down a future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten the US.

"We do not accept the reckless nuclear missile actions of Pyongyang that breach United Nations resolutions, but that does not mean that you can break global law", he said.

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