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Trump Confident China Working `Very Hard' to Rein in North Korea

22 April 2017

While in Seoul Monday, the vice president warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. "or the strength of our military forces", following a failed North Korean missile test.

"In the case of our super-mighty pre-emptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the USA mainland and reduce them to ashes", the Rodong Sinmun, the official organ of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, said in an editorial. "We are with you 100 percent".

Arriving in Tokyo for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Pence hailed the two countries' longstanding security ties.

The U.S. president met earlier this month with Xi and urged him to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

"We hope all the related parties can reach a consensus and make practical efforts", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a regular news briefing.

In early March, the North simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles off its east coast, three of which fell provocatively close to Japan, in what it said was a drill for an attack on U.S. bases in the country.

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Chinese warplanes are being prepared at air bases close to the nation's frontier with North Korea.

His language was stronger than in a written statement he issued shortly after the launch, in which he simply said he was aware of the failure.

"North Korea is a problem".

'If the USA is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all out war'.

North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium-to-long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine.

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Mattis credited China with trying to help get the North Korea situation "under control" with the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

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Trump Confident China Working `Very Hard' to Rein in North Korea