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Can not be complacent about potential threat of North Korean missiles - United Kingdom minister

21 April 2017

The Trump administration has signalled a more forceful USA stance toward North Korea's recent missile tests and threats, including a warning from Trump that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has "gotta behave".

"President Trump is very hopeful that the Chinese will undertake to use the considerable leverage that they have over the economic lifeblood of the North Korean economy", she said.

North Korea will continue to test missiles regularly and any military action against it by the United States would prompt "all out war", a senior North Korean official has told the BBC.

It allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire. Despite this weekend's missile failure, last month, the country launched four ballistic missiles more than 600 miles. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the North to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

"Look, China came to the United States", said Trump. In response to these reports, North Korea stated that in case of USA aggression it would launch a strike against USA military bases in Japan and South Korea, as well as the presidential residence in Seoul. When asked: "Any message for North Korea, sir, Kim Jong-Un?"

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During his visit to South Korea, at the outset of his 10-day trip to Asia, Pence's attention mostly was directed at the North Korean situation.

The vice foreign minister suggested that the USA should prepare for an "all-out" war if the US tries to intervene in the tests. "The deputy ambassador says it sounds like you and the administration are insisting on gangster-like logic".

China made a plea for a return to negotiations.

"I believe that the term "reform" does not mean there is definitely a need to renegotiate [an FTA]; Vice President Pence in his speech said "walk toward" and 'days ahead, ' which does not signify some action on this will be taken right away", Cho June-hyuck, the Foreign Ministry's spokesman, told reporters at a briefing in on Tuesday.

China has recently shown "tangible indications" that it is co-operating with the U.S.to turn up the pressure on Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said Monday. "If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!"

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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.

Trump's decision to scrap the ambitious 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal championed by former president Barack Obama was a blow to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who expended substantial political capital to get the accord passed at home. -South Korean military camp, which is just outside the 2.5-mile (4.02-kilometer)-wide DMZ.

China has called for a return to multi-sided talks that ended in a stalemate in 2009, during the rule of North Korea's previous leader, Kim Jong Il.

Pence's meeting in Seoul with business leaders comes before he heads to Tokyo later on Tuesday, where he will meet Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso and kick off talks that Washington hopes will open doors for US-made products. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

On Monday, Pence traveled to the tense Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

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Can not be complacent about potential threat of North Korean missiles - United Kingdom minister