Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons

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In addition to the Carl Vinson strike group, which had already been directed toward the area, the Pentagon has sent the Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz toward the Sea of Japan as part of a larger show of force following North Korea's missile tests, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

While inspecting the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, Pence warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the USA and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

Worldwide observers have warned that over the past decade North Korea has become adept at circumventing the United Nations sanctions, particularly so-called dual-use equipment that has both military and civilian applications. But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

"But the era of strategic patience is over", he declared.

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.

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.

Kim Jung-soo, Arirang News. He said his country "is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S".

While Japan's trade surplus with the U.S.is much smaller than China's, Trump has decried the imbalance, especially in auto exports.

China made a plea for a return to negotiations.

China is defending its trade practices with North Korea after Chinese-made vehicles were seen carrying ballistic missiles during a military parade despite worldwide sanctions against selling military hardware to Pyongyang.

Vice President Mike Pence said the USA would stand by Japan "100 percent" and keep pushing until North Korea curbs its missile and nuclear weapons programs. He said the American commitment to South Korea is "iron-clad and immutable". Pence, arriving after a visit to South Korea, said the US had demonstrated its resolve with recent strikes in Syria and Afghanistan, and that "all options are on the table" but President Trump "is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region and with China to achieve a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula". -South Korean installation, which is just outside the 2.5-mile wide (4 kilometers) DMZ.

Abe said that it was a "matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well peaceable settlements of the issue". "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

Escalating rhetoric and confrontational behavior between the USA and North Korea have dominated global headlines over the past week. 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.

China accounts for an estimated 80 per cent of North Korea's foreign trade, along with crucial food and fuel assistance.

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