Pence says US set on ensuring nuclear-free Korea

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"China expresses serious concern with recent trends about North Korea's nuclear and missile development [.] China is unswerving in its commitment to realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, maintaining the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula, and continue to solve matters through dialogue and negotiations".

"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", a North Korean official told the BBC on Monday.

"The policy of President Trump is to marshal the support of our allies in the region - Japan, South Korea, nations around the world, and China", he said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is on board an American aircraft carrier stationed in Japan amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Pence told business leaders before leaving Seoul that the Trump.

Speaking to USA and Japanese troops on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier Wednesday, he called North Korea the most urgent and risky threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region. US President Donald Trump also said he's sending an "armada" to Korea.

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The bilateral trade rhetoric is the central theme of Pence's visit to Asia, which aims to spread the message that Trump is open to boosting US trade in Asia, despite abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Pence's visit to Indonesia is an important step "to reconfirm" the strategic partnership between the US and Indonesia, Sumpter said.

"The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready", Pence added. It is his first trip to Asia as vice president.

"There's no question North Korea represents the most unsafe and most immediate threat in the Asia-Pacific and President Trump is determined to confront that threat by marshaling unprecedented cooperation with allies in the region and China and the world", Pence said.

After talks with Japan's deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, Pence said the US would work with Japan, China and other nations to get Pyongyang to give up its atomic weapons program.

"The vice president is well aware that the USA needs to do more in the wake of walking away from the TPP to message US economic staying power", Sumpter explained.

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Speaking to USA and Japanese troops on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier Wednesday, he called North Korea the most urgent and risky threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

"Short of launching a shock and awe campaign which would be overwhelming in its breadth and scale there's not a lot else the U.S. and its allies can do other than tighten the constrictor grip on the North", said Alex Neill, a senior fellow at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Speculation that the USA may have used cyber capabilities to thwart the North Korean missile test comes at a time of escalating rhetoric between the two nations.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Japan for the second stop of a 10-day Asia tour.

White House officials say the meetings in Tokyo are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the US withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.

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