US, Japan agree China should play larger role on North Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

The Pyongyang regime is working overtime to develop a long-range missile capability, one that will enable it to deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental United States.

"Our government and the global community will not condone North Korea's reckless provocations", Hwang said in comments reported by Yonhap News Agency. "They might also restate the case for keeping the idea of some sort of regional trade deal alive", he added.

North Korea did test a missile on Sunday, but by United States and South Korean accounts it failed "within seconds".

The economic dialogue seemed to have started smoothly, but Japanese government officials are cautious that the USA would likely press hard for Tokyo to remove trade barriers.

He said that an "all-out war" would result if the United States took military action.

Kim Il-sung's grandson, Kim Jong-un, now heads the Pyongyang regime. You protect the Senkakus, we're with you on North Korea.

Despite the tension, North Korea may carry out a sixth nuclear test soon, observers say. It has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead. "But I think behind the scenes, it's far more calm".

Pence is on a 10-day Asia-Pacific tour that has been dominated by the North Korea issue.

There are also chances that U.S. might convince Japan to use its own missile-defense capabilities against a ballistic missile test traversing Japanese waters.

Pence said he had spoken with US President Donald Trump and by 2020 some 60 percent of the US naval fleet would be in the region and Japan's role will grow.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday told a parliamentary session that diplomatic efforts were "important to maintain peace", but "dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

Pence's two main goals are to spur increased USA access to Japanese markets and strengthen Japanese foreign investment, they said.

China has called for a return to multi-sided talks that ended in a stalemate in 2009, during the rule of North Korea's previous leader, Kim Jong Il.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated China's line that the crisis could only be resolved by diplomacy.

US Vice-President Mike Pence yesterday reassured Japan of America's commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions, after warning that the United States' strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.

Meanwhile, China's once-thriving relationship with South Korea has hit the rocks over Beijing's strenuous objections to Seoul's deploying of an advanced US anti-missile system. South Korea has convened a National Security Council meeting after the failed test, saying in a statement their government "condemns this serious threat on the Korean peninsula and overall worldwide society".

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