Published: Mon, April 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

China defends N. Korea trade after its trucks haul missiles

China defends N. Korea trade after its trucks haul missiles

Pence, who arrived in Tokyo from South Korea, reassured Japan of the United States' commitment to uphold their "iron-clad" alliance amidst the rising tensions between North Korea and the U.S. According to reports, Kim Jong-un might retaliate against Tokyo and Seoul if the U.S. decides to take military action against the regime in response to North Korea's insistence to conduct missile tests.

North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador Kim In Ryong said during a news conference that the USA was turning the Korean Peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a unsafe distuation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment".

North Korea has warned the United States that it would attack if provoked.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a fresh appeal for calm. "If they are used by North Korea for military goal, they must have been modified by the North Korean side", said the sales manager, who would give only his surname, Wang. The Aegis warships began exercises to improve their capability to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, the US Navy said in a statement. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill" aimed at his country, formally the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Pence told reporters Monday that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program. "I think the action that he took in Syria shows that when appropriate, this president will take decisive action".

William Perry, who served as US defence secretary from 1994 to 1997 and negotiated with North Korea, said he did not believe Pyongyang was planning a surprise attack, despite the fiery rhetoric.

Days later, monitoring group 38 North said its analysis had concluded that North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear site is "primed and ready" for a sixth nuclear test.

Pence reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the US considers its alliance with Japan to be a cornerstone of security in the region.

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During Saturday's military parade it displayed what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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 US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes", it said.

North Korea's United Nations deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, responded, warning that the U.S. actions and rhetoric have "created a risky situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and poses a serious threat to world peace and security".

"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.

At the same time, relations between South Korea and China have hit rock-bottom over the South's decision to deploy the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) anti-missile system, ostensibly to defend against increased belligerence from the North.

The Pentagon announced on April 18 that it will conduct two major tests of its ability to shoot down missiles launched out of North Korea in May.

The same day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing was "gravely concerned" about North Korea's recent nuclear and missile activities.

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