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Japan Hopes Russia, China to Help Settle North Korea Nuclear Issue

21 April 2017

US President Donald Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea" on Thursday, April 20, after North Korean state media warned the US of a "super-mighty preemptive strike".

Meanwhile, US and Russian Federation are reported to have been on a different page over a US-drafted UN Security Council statement to condemn Pyongyang's latest but failed ballistic missile test. Trump says his military options are on the table but can he really put them into action? Nuclear weapons specialist Denny Roy calculated how many casualties may appear as a result of North Korea's nuclear attack on the United States.

"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region", Pence added.

But Russia's deputy ambassador, Peter Iliichev, told reporters yesterday morning that the U.S. acted in an "abrupt manner" and insisted that Moscow didn't block the statement and was open to discussions.

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"This morning's provocation from the north is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face each and every day in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world", he said.

"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft with the penholder, the USA delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft claiming that is was Russia who had "blocked" the statement", a Russian diplomat told CBS News.

A Security Council press statement has no binding power, but to issue them approval from all 15 members is required in principle.

Donald Trump's deputy is in the region to reassure allies fretting over Pyongyang's quickening missile program, and its apparent readiness to carry out another banned nuclear test in its quest to develop an atomic weapon that can hit the U.S. mainland.

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Little hope is held for reviving the motion against North Korea - one diplomat said it was unlikely the Security Council would be able to resolve differences on the statement.

Like the USS Carl Vinson, both vessels are more than 1,000ft long, and capable of carrying about 100 aircraft.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China opposed words or actions that could further raise tension.

And when asked what he plans next, President Trump said, "Wait and see".

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