Pence says US stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

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Two days after his return to Beijing, North Korea launched the rocket, widely viewed as a ballistic missile test in disguise, further ratcheting up tensions on the Korean peninsula.

From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the USA military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

A United Nations report which noted the use of the trucks in the display of mobile artillery a year ago did not name Sinotruk, but said that the Chinese seller had included a "clear clause" in its deal with the North Korean buyer that the trucks were to be for civilian use only.

". We appreciate the challenging time in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocation across the Sea of Japan".

US Vice-President Mike Pence had said earlier that his country's "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over. "We will be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis".

Warning of "all-out war" if the United States takes military action, he added: "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".

U.S. President Trump has asked China's President Xi Jinping to take stronger measures to stop North Korea's programmes to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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During his ongoing tour of the region, which started April 15 and will end April 25, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is seeking to project precisely that: a more stable, predictable and reliable United States. The trip so far has been dominated by USA and allies' concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile development efforts.

"In order to strengthen the way we deal with the North Korean issue, we will convey our view and conduct policy consultation to make sure that we are on the same page", Japanese chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday.

He warned Pyongyang "would do well not to test" the resolve of Mr Trump.

But the vice president said he was encouraged and believed North Korea was listening to the Trump administration's concerns.

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".

"If the USA comes up with a risky military option, then the first card is in our hands, then we'll deal with it with our pre-emptive strike", he said. Ministry official Kim Chang Min also said in the interview in Pyongyang that the United Nations, the Security Council and big countries ignored South Korean missile launches and Japanese surveillance satellites. In meetings with heads of state and key lawmakers in South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia, the vice president will reaffirm Washington's commitment to stability in the region and the defense of allies and partners against a range of threats, including North Korea, Chinese maritime expansion and terrorism. It had been higher against the dollar shortly after opening, but gains were erased by midday after Pence's comments and by North Korea-related tensions.

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