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Schiff to Trump: End 'casual talk' on North Korea

21 April 2017

During an interview with the BBC in Pyongyang, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol said if the United States was "reckless" enough to use military means, his country would engage in an "all-out war".

"Casual talk by the President or Vice President - or tweets - about solving the North Korea problem with military force risk a confrontation that could quickly and unpredictably embroil the region in a shooting war", he said in a statement Tuesday.

With a U.S. aircraft carrier group steaming to the area in a show of force, fears of a confrontation have been rising. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the North to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Mattis denounced North Korea's attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters traveling with him to Saudi Arabia, "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said.

"The US introduces into the Korean peninsula, the world's biggest hotspot, huge nuclear strategic assets, seriously threatening peace and security of the peninsula and pushing the situation there to the brink of a war", Kim said.

Trump congratulates Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum campaign in a phone call and vows close cooperation on Syria, Iraq and the fight against Kurdish militants, Turkish presidential sources say.

Trump himself appeared to reinforce the message at the White House, replying "Gotta behave" when a CNN reporter asked what message he had for North Korean leader Kin Jong Un.

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In New York, the North's deputy United Nations ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said that U.S. He will aim to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the US will take appropriate steps to defend them against North Korean aggression.

The former governor of IN said that USA businesses "continue to face too many barriers to entry, which tilts the playing field against the American workers and American growth".

"We ultimately want this to be about, how do we get more American products to Japan?" the adviser said.

Meanwhile, China made a plea for a return to negotiations.

"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearised Korean Peninsula", he said. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that US plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

It is the top US state for per-capita foreign direct investment from Japan, including higher-technology and better-paying manufacturing jobs, said Victor Smith, Pence's commerce secretary, when he led the state.

The U.S. and South Korea regularly train for such contingencies.

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A US official said Pyongyang's projectile "blew up nearly immediately" during an attempted launch off North Korea's east coast.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence talks with members of the American Chamber of Commerce at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. -South Korean military camp, which is just outside the 2.5-mile (4.02-kilometer)-wide DMZ.

How great is the North Korea threat? "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

Pence's visit came after Pyeongyang's military parade during which the country exhibited what seems to be ballistic missiles.

Contradicting Trump' s stance on the recent bombings of Syria and Afghanistan, barely two weeks ago, Mike Pence admitted the strikes were to show the DPRK what the U.S. is capable of.

Trump repeated his criticism of critics who pointed out that he changed his position on China, saying his policies toward the country were successful and resulted in persuading China to take a harder line on North Korea.

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