US working with allies to put pressure on North Korea, Pence says


"It is our belief by bringing together the family of nations with diplomatic and economic pressure we have a chance of achieving a freeze on the Korean Peninsula", Mr Pence said. "Nobody's ever seen such a positive response on our behalf from China, and then the fake media goes 'Donald Trump has changed his stance on China'".

Vice President Mike Pence issued a fresh warning to North Korea from the deck of a USA aircraft carrier in Japan, hours after reports emerged that the approaching "armada" Donald Trump touted last week was still thousands of miles away.

Photos provided by the North Korean government showed the submarine-launched missiles loaded aboard trucks bearing the logo of Sinotruk, a Chinese company.

"All of those negotiations and discussions failed, miserably", Pence said.

North Korean state media last week warned of a nuclear attack on the U.S. at any sign of American aggression, but the White House said there was no evidence it possessed that capability.

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She added, "The main reason why we are proceeding with this is that there is this imminent threat from North Korea that threatens South Korea, threatens our allies, and threatens our troops in the region".

Pence heads for Indonesia later on Wednesday.

The following day, Trump tweeted that he "had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea", But Xi in Beijing said that he had urged Trump to seek a "peaceful solution". In fact, there are some similarities. China has also spoken of "increasing concern" over North Korea's nuclear development. "The era of strategic patience is over", Mr Pence said.

After Xi's return to China, Trump continued to pressure him. But confrontation and conflict will not resolve the problem, and may worsen it as North Korea is nuclear and unpredictable. They also say greater Chinese cooperation is vital.

Pence will meet with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo earlier in the day during his first trip to the country.

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Even as it was travelling in the opposite direction four days after you say it was heading there, it was still heading there. Chamber of Commerce in Japan. "The president said we have an armada going to the peninsula", Spicer said.

Pence underlined this during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday when he said that "all options are on the table" regarding North Korea.

He said the American commitment to South Korea is "iron-clad and immutable".

In early March, the North simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles off its east coast, three of which fell provocatively close to Japan, in what it said was a drill for an attack on USA bases in the country. Pence wasn't supposed to walk outside, according to the schedule, but he decided in the moment he wanted to send a message directly to the North Koreans.

Its aim is to be able to put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach targets around the world, including the US. "I thought it was important that people on the other side of the DMZ see our resolve in my face".

Wang's comments came amid a mounting war of words between Washington and Pyongyang. "And I hadn't felt that way until I stood outside the Freedom House", he said. "I just don't telegraph my moves".

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