Trump just confused North Korea's current leader with his dad (and grandfather)
Apr 21 2017 by Desiree Burns
Responding to a question on recent comments made by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, the Russian foreign minister said he hoped the U.S. would not employ tactics similar to the recent Syria strike on the Korean Peninsula. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that USA plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.
Some. In February, China temporarily banned coal imports from North Korea after the murder of Kim's half-brother who was living under Chinese protection, prompting state media in Pyongyang to accuse Beijing of "dancing to the tune of the U.S".
But officials at Pentagon are believed to be unsure how North Korea would respond if USA the shoots down a test missile.
South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that South Korea would strengthen its alliance with the United States and closely cooperate with China to rein in North Korea.
North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told the BBC that missiles will still be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".
North Korea is one of Trump's most hard national security challenges.
But what stood out as especially interesting was Trump twice referring to "this gentleman", whom the president believes we've been dealing with "for a long time".
In Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking to a parliamentary session Monday, said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace". South Korea hosts 28,500 United States troops to counter the threat from the North.
This comes as Pyongyang attempts to develop an global ballistic missile (ICBM) with a warhead attached capable of reaching the U.S., and also after Trump reportedly ordered a Navy strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson toward the Korean Peninsula, though there are reports of the vessels being spotted thousands of miles away in Indonesia.
"At the same time dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure".
He said the USA and its allies would deal with the situation "through peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary".
It would be bad for Japan, be bad for South Korea.
The probability of Aegis interceptors missing a North Korean target would be embarrassing for the United States and embolden Pyongyang. But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland. But confrontation and conflict will not resolve the problem, and may worsen it as North Korea is nuclear and unpredictable.
In Japan, they said Pence's two main goals are to spur increased USA access to Japanese markets and strengthen Japanese foreign investment.