Pence, headed to Japan, turns focus to trade with key ally

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Pence reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the US considers its alliance with Japan to be a cornerstone of security in the region.

At a White House Easter celebration on Monday, Trump was asked if he had a message for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and replied: "Gotta behave".

Trump once seemed to understand how America had been taken to the cleaners during and after the Cold War. Abandoning that policy, according to officials from President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama's administrations, risks sending a unsafe message to U.S. allies and adversaries alike and sending the United States tumbling down a slippery slope.

No nations were more successful at this than South Korea and Japan. Now Xi is playing the game - and perhaps playing Trump. While the Chinese don't like North Korea and their regime, they don't want any trouble along their border and much less a nuclear war.

Determining what missiles are fired by North Korea after explosive launch failures can be an imprecise science. He will visit key US ally Japan, which has also condemned North Korea's missile program that has included at least six nuclear tests, along with Indonesia and Australia.

So, yes, making nice with Xi is a sensible strategy.

For in many ways, Pyongyang's goals parallel China's. "Conceivably, they'd prefer not to see instability and military escalation on the Korean Peninsula".

The Trump administration wants to find more of that kind of foreign direct investment, and hopes to attract some with the $1 trillion plan to rebuild US roads, bridges and other types of infrastructure.

"North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region", Pence said on what was his first stop of a four-nation Asia tour meant to show that Trump is not turning his back on the increasingly volatile part of the world. Pence warned North Korea to not test the resolve of the United States "or the strength of our military forces". But experts agree that China also wants to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power - and certainly wants to prevent a war on their southern border that could send millions of refugees flooding into China and potentially risk bringing a USA military presence to China's borders.

"The threat is upon us", says outgoing deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland. "This is something President Trump is going to deal with in the first year".

Pence also declared that the era of U.S. "strategic patience" in dealing with the North was over, after more than two decades. "We have to be honest about where our trade relationship is falling short".

A description of the missile launched on April 4 has also been revised several times.

"But all options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of South Korea", he added.

One of Kim's top officials, Choe Ryong Hae, today vowed North Korea would "beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice".

He recalled that the US and South Korea have made joint efforts to realize a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Not since 9/11 have the Afghan Taliban been stronger or controlled more territory. The United States' commanding general there is calling for thousands more USA troops. Russian Federation and Iran are reportedly negotiating with the Taliban.

No one should forget that Kim has said he wants to bomb the United States, Chaffetz said.

He said the Trump administration's deployment of the Carl Vinson nuclear carrier task group to waters off the Korean Peninsula again "proves the USA reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario". We are reportedly preparing to back the Saudis in the latest escalation of their war on the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The other called for a freeze on U.S.

As a result, Beijing is starting to play ball with Trump.