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Abe, Pence urge Beijing to do more on North Korea

20 April 2017

Pence's 10-day tour of Asia aims at emphasizing that U.S. President Donald Trump wants to boost U.S. trade in the region, despite scrapping the TPP.

Calling it a "complicated dance of global foreign policy, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon), who serves in the military, says the U.S. has a number of options in dealing with North Korea, but pressuring China is the right step at this time".

He added: "But at the same time dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China conducts "normal" business with its neighbor North Korea while adhering to sanctions imposed beginning in 2006 by the United Nations.

A sales manager for a Sinotruck dealer, Zhongnanhai, said the company exports about 1,000 trucks to North Korea every year under contracts that specify the vehicles are designed and manufactured for civilian use.

Footage of what appeared to be a new intermediate-range ballistic missile being fired and the missile crossing the Pacific and hitting an unidentified city of the USA was shown on a giant screen at the performance hall, according to the state-run TV station.

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The BBC's Stephen McDonell in Beijing says the Chinese government appears to be becoming increasingly frustrated with North Korea, its traditional ally. "Japan you are our friend, you are our ally", said Pence.

Later Mr Pence vowed to "defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response".

US President Donald Trump has said that will not happen, and stepped up pressure on the isolated North.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan for talks Tuesday expected to focus largely on trade with America's anchor ally in the region.

The U.S. Vice President reiterated that the "era of strategic patience is over".

Meanwhile, 1,250 USA marines arrived in Australia yesterday "ready to fight" North Korea should war break out.

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Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from South Korea and reassured Japan of US commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions in a series of meetings with Japanese leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

He said the United States wanted peace and he hoped North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un wanted the same, adding that would be "the end determination".

The probability of Aegis interceptors missing a North Korean target would be embarrassing for the U.S. and embolden Pyongyang. Last week, Trump said he would not declare China a currency manipulator, pulling back from a campaign promise, as he looked for help from Beijing, which is the North's dominant trade partner. That's were you can sanction banks in China that do business with North Korea.

China accounts for an estimated 80 percent of North Korea's foreign trade, along with crucial food and fuel assistance.

The editorial's stance likely is supported by an agreement during the recent meeting between Xi and Trump that their two countries will work together on the North Korean issue.

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Abe, Pence urge Beijing to do more on North Korea