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North Korea failed missile launch increases US-NK tension

Trump China US working on'North Korea problem North Korea failed missile launch increases US-NK tension
Debra Rodriguez | 16 May, 2017, 07:41

And North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations vowed that any U.S. strike would provoke "the toughest counteraction".

Mr Han told the BBC: "If the United States is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method".

How did we get to this point? "Or he could destroy the test missile on its launchpad with a barrage of cruise missiles, blocking Pyongyang's path to a nuclear deterrent, enforcing his red line, and sending a clear message to the rest of the world". But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Analysts say critics may even include Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is said to be deeply frustrated with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's intransigence since taking power in 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.

In anticipation of a missile test, the US Navy had dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson strike group to the region last week.

"North Korea will never, ever give up its nuclear weapons", says Jieun Baek, author of a fascinating recent book, "North Korea's Hidden Revolution". Our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger.

On Monday, Pence traveled to the tense Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the USA and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over". "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve - or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region".

'We are with you 100 percent, ' the visiting vice president said.

"China has indicated appreciation of the urgency of the threat, the need to have an worldwide coalition mounted, and a need for China to do more in stepping up pressure on the North Korean regime and trying to make it clear to them that there is no tolerance for these illegal programs, both the ballistic missile programs and the nuclear programs", acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton told a group of reporters Monday.

The Trump administration has reportedly finalized its North Korea strategy with a focus on "maximum pressure and engagement" toward denuclearization of the communist nation.

The BBC's Stephen Evans in Seoul says USA policy now seems to be to persuade China to contain North Korea while keeping the economic and military pressure on.

China banned imports of North Korean coal, its most important export, in February, and Chinese media have raised the possibility of restricting oil shipments to the North.

Trump, in Washington, and Pence at the tense Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea earlier, have signalled a forceful US stance on North Korea's recent actions and threats.

Pence also said that the United States would work with its allies and China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on the North and increase its military presence in the region.

There have been several cases of Chinese companies and banks working with North Korean networks to evade sanctions, Ruggiero argues, and only the threat of U.S. legal action with halt this. One wonders: How much will Xi end up bilking us for his squeezing of Kim Jong Un?

"The United States will strengthen its presence in the Asia Pacific", he said.

China has reiterated its call for North Korea to stop all tests, and has also called for a peaceful solution.

Addressing a press briefing, ministry spokesperson Lu Kang added that China was resolutely opposed to any words or actions that could further raise tensions.

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