Pence says trade with South Korea must change

Cheryl Sanders
April 21, 2017

Pence said the United States will press ahead with the THAAD deployment and chastised China for its efforts to put pressure on South Korea to change its mind.

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"You could either go after the supply chain, embedding flaws in parts and systems that they are using", said Peter Singer, fellow at New America and author of the book "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know".

Pence said the USA would press ahead with the Thaad deployment and added: "The better path would be for China to address the North Korean threat that is actually making such defensive measures necessary".

Pence, who yesterday travelled to Japan, arrived in South Korea just hours after North Korea launched its latest ballistic missile - which exploded within a few seconds - and amid a weekend of fanfare in North Korea, during which the regime showed off what appeared to be new missiles. His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the USA would rely on its allies as well as Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

"We're already seeing our allies in South Korea and Japan and the wider world standing behind us, but China is taking unprecedented steps to economically isolate North Korea, and given the fact that China represents more than 80 percent of the exports from North Korea this is enormously important", he said.

Vice-President Mike Pence has warned North Korea not to test USA military might by pursuing its nuclear weapons programme, citing recent strikes in Syria and Afghanistan as proof of American "strength and resolve".

“I hope there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria, ” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.

The vice president said the USA will not waver on its decades-long partnership South Korea amid rising tensions with North Korea.

The official said Tuesday that Japan still hopes to bring the USA back into a multilateral framework such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

America's vice president has delivered another stark threat to North Korea, declaring that the time for "failed dialogue" is over.

Pence has used the first stops on his 10-day visit to Asia Pacific to stress the Trump administration's strong commitment to U.S. allies in the face of hostile rhetoric from Pyongyang.

"China expresses serious concern with recent trends about North Korea's nuclear and missile development", he said. "The game that Trump is trying to play requires extremely careful coordination where they are attempting to use the threat of armed forces as a political instrument". "Most concerning is the fact that the US trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled since KORUS came into effect". "We certainly recognize that that was a failed missile test".

Tension has been building on the peninsula in recent days, amid warnings that the country's nuclear site is "primed and ready" for another test.

Along with the deployment of the USA aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were deployed last month in their biggest joint military exercises.

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