US, Japan agree China should play larger role on North Korea

Pence reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the USA considers its alliance with Japan to be a cornerstone of security in the region.

Pence's two main goals are to spur increased US access to Japanese markets and strengthen Japanese foreign investment, they said.

South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that South Korea would strengthen its alliance with the United States and closely cooperate with China to rein in North Korea.

The United States is not looking to get into a fight with North Korea unless Pyongyang sparks one, Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters, Sputnik reported.

Washington would prefer that China turn the screw on North Korea's coal exports and fuel imports, dissuading them from carrying out the sixth nuclear test they have threatened.

He revealed that this was done intentionally to send a message to North Korea. The communist country aims to become a nuclear state to protect itself from the United States.

Indonesia is the latest stop on an Asian tour by Pence that aims to reaffirm traditional US alliances at a time when Donald Trump's presidency has raised questions about the strength of the USA commitment to the region.

"The Trump administration has explicitly rejected President Obama's approach of strategic patience because that led to a stalemate, during which time North Korea's illegal missile and nuclear program accelerated", she told AM.

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. They say greater Chinese cooperation is vital. Last week Trump warned darkly that if his China outreach fails, the North "will be taken care of" by the United States and its allies. Trump campaigned on an "America first" platform, and has vowed to narrow big trade deficits with nations such as China and Japan.

A senior North Korean official has stated that his country will continue to test missiles in spite of worldwide condemnation. China canceled North Korean coal shipments and pointedly declined last week to join Russian Federation in vetoing a US-sponsored resolution on Syria at the United Nations Security Council.

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

"At the same time, as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, China strictly adheres to its global responsibilities, including those from Security Council resolutions", Lu told a daily briefing. -South Korean military exercises and a freeze on DPRK missile and nuclear tests.

South Korea's government on Wednesday outlined measures to help local airlines better cope with the drop in traffic on their China routes amid a diplomatic row over the deployment of an advanced USA anti-missile system here.

Pence, an evangelical Christian, has sought to use his trip to soften some of the harsher edges of rhetoric about the Muslim world used by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has frequently railed against "radical Islamic terrorism".

Kim Jong-un, the average window for a North Korean provocation bracketed around all ROK elections is 6.5 days (about 1 week).

  • Ernesto Newman