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U.S. tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

21 April 2017

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.

The two governments hope to achieve North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear program through heightening US military pressure as well as strengthening economic sanctions by China. Japan is weighing a retaliatory strike capability against the North.

China made a plea for a return to negotiations.

The North threatened a "super-mighty preemptive strike" Thursday, warning that it could "wipe out" US forces, as well as turn USA bases and the continental US into a "pile of ashes".

Pence also said the USA would protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory.

North Korea's vice-foreign minister told the BBC Pyongyang would continue to test missiles and would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it thought the United States was planning an attack.

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If such persuasion falls short, Trump has suggested he might use more coercive methods.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered a major military reshuffle as tensions with North Korea rise. We've said it as clearly as we can possibly say it. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA wants to force North Korea leader Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table.

More likely is that China will support stronger sanctions against North Korea, including cutting off access to finance, food and fuel without jeopardizing Kim's survival. PENCE IN INDONESIA Trump will attend three summits in Asia in November, Vice President Mike Pence says in Jakarta during a visit to the headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Donald Trump is another story, judging by widespread concern posted on Twitter.

North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. But officials have avoided tipping their hand as to how the administration will proceed, instead touting Trump's unpredictability as a deterrent for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to weigh carefully.

TURKEY Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says he will meet his US counterpart in Washington on May 16-17, in their first meeting since Trump took office in January. She said members are working on a statement responding to the latest North Korean missile launch that failed.

The Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper said recently that Trump is playing a "dangerous card" with his verbal threats, risking a miscalculation by Pyongyang and a war on the peninsula.

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Trump is clearly on the mind of the North Korean leadership. According to analysts, during that parade a submarine launched ballistic missile was shown for the first time.

"I have noted the recent report", Mr Lu said, referring to the BBC interview. Pyongyang's regime has called that "a red line", and has since begun its own training for pre-emptive strikes and speeded up its testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

Japan is drawing up emergency responses in case of a North Korea missile strike.

China could ratchet up economic pressure to coerce Pyongyang into agreeing to USA terms for talks.

Pence spoke in Tokyo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Japan Wedneaday. The US military is reportedly considering shooting these tests down.

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U.S. tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one