President Trump says North Korea has 'gotta behave'

Tuesday, 18 Apr, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Monday, April 17, 2017.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before".

"There is an worldwide consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just can not continue", McMaster said.

The Vice President said that he and the President hope to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula "through peaceable means" with the cooperation of China, South Korea, Japan, and other allies in the region.

"So this regime has given the world reason for concern".

"Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan".

The Trump administration is focusing its strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, a global ban on its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, Reuters reported last week, citing USA officials.

In addition to this, North Korea has been constructing and testing short range, intermediate range and - more recently - long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles that would allow it to deliver nuclear weapons.

The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity. And before he leaves for Japan, Pence will speak with South Korean business leaders to explain the administration's economic policies due to fears Trump is taking the US down the path of protectionism. That led North Korea to issue routine threats of attacks on its rivals if they show signs of aggression.

The failed test came a day after the celebrations of the 105th birthday of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the late grandfather of North Korean current leader.

After 25 years of trying to deal patiently with North Korea over its nuclear program, Pence said, "all options are on the table" to deal with threat.

According to the adviser, the test had been expected and the US had good intelligence both before and after the launch.

Deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland briefed the president on the failed missile launch.

"The United States is troubled by China's economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself", Pence said.

McMaster said the latest missile test, which failed, just fits into a pattern of "provocative and destabilising and threatening" behaviour on the part of the North Korean regime. While the US has a range of options to deal with North Korea, it won't need to expend any resources to respond in this case, the adviser said.

Pyongyang has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions, and regularly threatens to destroy South Korea and the United States.

That missile, which US officials said appeared to be a liquid-fueled, extended-range Scud, only flew about 60 km (40 miles), a fraction of its range, before spinning out of control. "That's not changed out our commitment to the secure and prosperity of South Korea". He suggested plans to deploy a US missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

"We seek peace, but America has always sought peace through strength, and my message here today ... is a message of resolve", he said, reiterating that "the era of strategic patience is over".

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According to the statements, "Japan does not tolerate repeated provocations like this by North Korea", and protested to the North over the action.

Military officials here told CNN in advance that snapping photos is what North Korea does when seeing VIPs across the way - both to document their presence and intimidate.

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"[Working with the Chinese] seemed to be an elusive concept at a certain point in time and, yet that, I think, is very much happening", he said.

"China is the key", Senator John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said on Sunday on NBC.

"China can shut them down and we should be ... we should expect them to act to prevent what could be a cataclysmic event", McCain said on NBC's "Meet the Press".