Trump talks tough on North Korea, says Kim 'gotta behave'

World War 3 possible as North Korea tests nuclear missiles

"While all options are on the table", Pence said, "President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China" to resolve the problem. And I should add that it's not new.

Said Abe: "It goes without saying that it is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well peaceable settlements of the issue".

Pence on Monday had traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the USA and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over". So why, in these last few weeks, have we suddenly gotten to what feels like a very tense moment? "This is something President Trump is going to deal with in the first year".

Pence will meet with Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday, kicking off talks in Tokyo that the White House hopes will open doors in Japan for USA -made products and attract Japanese investment for infrastructure projects in the United States.

WIT: Well, it's probably a combination of all of the above. And by that, I mean if they can put a warhead on top of a missile that can reach the United States, that's obviously a direct threat.

"President Trump is very hopeful the Chinese will undertake to use the considerable leverage that they have over the economic lifeblood of the North Korean economy".

Still, former White House officials are raising eyebrows at Trump's move and insisting there is a reason why successive Democrat and Republican administrations have kept the issues of trade and North Korea separate in diplomacy with China.

GREENE: You have been in meetings with North Korean officials, I mean, as a scholar, as recently as a few months ago. "But you know, they've been talking with this gentleman [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] for a long time. everybody's been outplayed". It was Trump's second major concession to Xi, after backing away from a threat to abandon America's "One China" policy that sees Taiwan as part of China. And I told them, 'You want to make a great deal?' Solve the problem in North Korea.

After his return, President Xi received a call from Trump to discuss the North Korea "menace" at length. "That's a fact", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told a regular press briefing, in response to a question about US Treasury Department's decision not to label China as a currency manipulator last week. From their perspective, they are a small country dealing with the world's only superpower. But doesn't believe they will agree.

For the former veteran United States official, China does not deserve praise for merely "sending back a couple of coal vessels for a sanction that they should have been implementing previous year".

GREENE: A lot of Americans wondering whether to be nervous right now, how nervous to be.

"I think this is a common aspiration of the countries and a realistic way to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue", he said. Trump dismissed America's Russian Federation hawks as "stupid people or fools" and predicted that under his leadership the Cold War foes would "work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the world".

The editorial warned: "If the blow is heavy, the Chinese people will not allow their government to remain passive when the armies of the US and South Korea start a war and try to take down the Pyongyang regime..." We have submarines, very powerful.

Another wild possibility is that the US will go directly "for the kill" and carry out an unexpected pre-emptive strike, placing its allies Japan and South Korea in a very unenviable and vulnerable position as North Korea could retaliate, sending things into jeopardy. Thanks for the time this morning.

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