NKorean official says will continue missile tests


From two continents, top Trump administration officials warned Tuesday that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that the United States was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The possibility will be discussed in a ministerial meeting in late May, Aso said in a speech in NY.

Pence issued multiple warnings to North Korea, which has conducted multiple missile tests in recent weeks, during his time in East Asia.

The unannounced visit at the start of Pence's 10-day trip to Asia was a US show of force that allowed him to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said "you'd have to be a fool" not to be anxious about what was happening in North Korea. He hinted at conditioning the reversal on added Beijing pressure on Pyongyang, tweeting, "Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?"

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At a news conference at the United Nations on Monday, North Korea's permanent representative Ambassador Kim In-ryong, condemned the U.S. missile strikes in Syria, which targeted an air base after a suspected chemical attack by the government.

Indonesia is on Trump's trade hit list of nations that he considers the U.S.is losing out to in trade, and USA company Freeport-McMoran Inc., which operates the world's largest copper mine in the Indonesian province of Papua, is in a protracted dispute with the Indonesian government.

They are likely to be joined by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who is seen as more hardline on trade than Pence and is in Tokyo for his own talks with Japan's trade minister, Hiroshige Seko.

US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated his country's commitment to the security of Japan on Tuesday, as North Korea intensified concerns over its weapons programme with a vow to launch missile tests "every week".

Pence said on Monday the world had witnessed Trump's resolve in the past two weeks, which saw a US missile attack on a Syrian airfield and the dropping of a powerful non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan.

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He met with presidential candidates as well as South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, partly in a bid to ease tensions as a U.S. aircraft carrier group headed towards the region ahead of U.S. Vice President Mike's Pence's visit this week.

"U.S. Vice President Pence's comments on the bilateral trade pact are in line with the U.S. president's trade policy agenda for 2017 that includes a review of major FTAs and a pair of executive orders focused on reducing the U.S. trade deficit with other major countries".

"If the U.S. is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method".

Pence, an evangelical Christian, has sought to use his trip to soften some of the harsher edges of rhetoric about the Muslim world used by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has frequently railed against "radical Islamic terrorism". North Korea's nuclear and missile development dominated the agenda on his first stop in South Korea.

"It seems the U.S.is not easily going to change its position", he said.

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