US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

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Addressing some 25-hundred sailors on board the carrier at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo bay, Pence noted the Trump administration will work with allies like Japan and China, . but highlighted readiness is the key.

This new stance Pence described, if it becomes formal us government policy, not only breaks from decades of Washington orthodoxy and conventional wisdom; it also may place the United States in a different position than its key Asian allies.

In the comments to Fox News, Trump cited the strength of his newfound relationship with President Xi Jinping in explaining why he has dropped his past criticism of China.

North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to the peace and security of the Asian Pacific. He said the US and its allies would deal with the situation "through peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary".

US Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul on Tuesday that the Trump administration will review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the two countries.

This week Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to the Demilitarized Zone along the border of North and South Korea, where he declared that "the era of strategic patience is over".

In the past, Mr Trump has taken to Twitter to say North Korea was "behaving very badly" and "playing" with the US.

Pence's Asia tour came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula. While the North did not conduct a nuclear test, the specter of a potential test and an escalated US response has trailed Pence as he undertakes his Asian tour.

"It's necessary to put pressure on North Korea so that it will accept dialogue in good faith", Mr Abe said.

While neither Japan nor the Republic of Korea had any immediate official response, a leading South Korean presidential candidate told the Wall Street Journal, "If that was a lie, then during Trump's term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says".

He said the American commitment to South Korea is "iron-clad and immutable". "The problem will be taken care of", President Trump insisted.

The spectacle was followed by a test of their so-called intercontinental missile, which failed just five seconds after launch, observers in the US and South Korea said.

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC that missiles would be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

As they sat down for talks, Mr Pence told Mr Aso: "When President Trump agreed to this dialogue, he envisioned this as a mechanism for enhancing bilateral commercial relations between the USA and Japan, and achieving results in the near future".

He said he has "great respect" for Xi and hopes the country can bring its political and economic influence to bear on North Korea.

"If the USA is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all out war".

Kim Jong Un, the current leader of North Korea, was the guest of honor at a grand concert hall in Pyongyang on Sunday for the full orchestral tribute to his late grandfather.

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