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Donald Trump says Kim Jong Un's desire for peace a deciding factor

20 April 2017

North Korea's missile tests certainly appear to have upset China, which voiced rare concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development.

Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday, April 18, from South Korea and reassured Japan of U.S. commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions in a series of meetings with Japanese leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

Seoul, the South Korean capital, is just a stone's throw away from the military demarcation line that splits the Korean peninsula and is within easy range of North Korean long-range artillery.

North Korea showed no let-up in its defiance after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles in Pyongyang. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region".

Strategy and patience with Beijing are crucial, too.

The statement, which was tabled by the U.S., would also tell North Korea not to conduct further nuclear tests.

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China has recently shown "tangible indications" that it is cooperating with the U.S.to turn up the pressure on Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said Monday. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".

For the latest talks, South Korea sent Deputy Minister for Policy Wee Seung-ho, while the U.S sent Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs David Helvey.

For its part, China made a plea for a return to negotiations. The spokesman also said China remains firmly committed to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and a peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue.

"I don't want to telegraph what I'm doing or what I'm thinking", he said.

After 25 years of trying to deal patiently with North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions, Pence said, "all options are on the table" to deal with threat. He said the American commitment to South Korea is "iron-clad and immutable".

Kim stressed that U.S.

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Mr Kim called the news conference to "categorically reject" the U.S. decision to hold an open meeting of the Security Council on April 28 on North Korea's nuclear programme, which is scheduled to be chaired by USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

US Vice President Mike Pence during his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

He leveled sharp criticism at the US and South Korea for conducting the war games of unprecedented scope and scale and said they could entail dire consequences for peace in the region.

Lu stressed that given the complicated and sensitive situation on the Korean Peninsula, China firmly opposes any words and deeds that could heighten hostility and tension and called on all parties involved to make efforts to ease the tension.

China has always been reluctant to use its leverage for fear that pushing the regime too hard could result in instability in the North and even its collapse, which could lead to the emergence of a pro-U.S. nation on its border.

In an exclusive interview with Fox & Friends that aired on Tuesday, President Trump revealed he may not be sure who now rules North Korea.

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