Pence says USA stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

Russia ‘Trump is more impulsive and unpredictable’ than NK

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during an interview with Time magazine in the presidential residence Novo Ogaryovo outside Moscow

"But at the same time", the prime minister said, "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue". The North conducted two nuclear tests and 24 ballistic missile tests last year, defying six Security Council sanctions resolutions banning any testing, and it has launched more missiles this year including a failed attempt this past weekend.

Pence said, "We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan". "We are with you 100 per cent".

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Han told the BBC in an interview, threatening "all-out war" if the United States took any action against it.

Former Conservative Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind told the BBC: "It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the United States - through cyber methods - has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail".

The unannounced visit Monday at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia was a US show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

"President Trump has made it clear the US will pursue an America first policy in trade and exchange".

The second of the two ICBMs was mounted on a North Korean-branded Taekpaeksan military truck which used tyres made by China-based Triangle Group, according to photos of the parade seen by Reuters.

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

The message and images sought to address questions in the Muslim world about Trump after his push for travel bans that would temporarily suspend visas from six predominantly-Muslim countries and halt the USA refugee program.

Mr Trump has ordered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and several warships to the area to highlight American concern at the situation, as China expressed fears war could erupt "at any moment".

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today made a new appeal for calm on the Korean Peninsula.

The Vicepresident defended the need of an agreement for both parts that allows USA exporters a full participation in the Indonesian market.

Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump's administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang.

Wang told reporters that although US officials have made clear that a military strike remains a possibility, he believes that Washington would still prefer to de-escalate tensions through multi-sided talks.

Indonesia is on Trump's trade hit list of nations that he considers the U.S.is losing out to in trade, and USA company Freeport-McMoran Inc., which operates the world's largest copper mine in the Indonesian province of Papua, is in a protracted dispute with the Indonesian government.

North Korea Deputy United Nations Ambassador Kim In Ryong speaks during a news briefing, Monday, April 17, 2017, at U.N. headquarters.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

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