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United States turning Korean peninsula into world's biggest hotspot warns UN ambassador

21 April 2017, 02:07 | Ross Houston

Two days ago Lu welcomed the US to play a positive role in peacefully resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue as US Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice pointing to American airstrikes in Syria and Afghanistan.

In an interview in Wisconsin, the United States president complained that his predecessors should have dealt with North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear arsenal, but said he was in the position now where he was "going to have to do something about it". He also warned the reclusive North, which has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions, that the "era of strategic patience" was over.

We saw over the weekend North Korea putting its missiles on parade while celebrating the birthday of its founder Kim Il-sung, only to see a test launch of missile fail in spectacular fashion later on.

U.S. President Donald Trump held his first summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month with a focus on North Korea.

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The vice president reassured South Korea that the United States has its back in the face of mounting threats from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

Han told the BBC that North Korea believed its nuclear weapons "protect" it from the threat of U.S. military action.

North Korea warns it is prepared for war if the United States takes action to stop its ballistic missile program.

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In Wisconsin on Tuesday, Trump said that how much North Korea's leader desires peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions. Pence said after the meeting that Trump believes it is in America's interest to negotiate economic deals on a bilateral basis.

U.S. experts believe that only China has sufficient economic and political leverage to restrain Pyongyang's drive to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead.

The Trump administration has said military action remains an option for dealing with North Korea.

With escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the vice president signaled that the Trump administration will not tolerate a nuclear DPRK. Mr Trump has scrapped the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, a 12-nation trade deal aimed partly at countering China's economic clout. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill" aimed at his country, formally the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

He said rolling back the hostile USA policy toward the DPRK "is the precondition to solving all the problems in the Korean Peninsula". But John Schilling from the 38 North monitoring group said the failure was indicative of the test of a new and hitherto unknown system being developed by Kim Jong-Un's regime.

The remark was referring to the growing United States trade deficit derived from excessive barriers for U.S. businesses in the South Korean market.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday made a new appeal calling for calm on the Korean peninsula.

"I don't want to telegraph what I am doing or what I am thinking", he said.

Even though the missile blew up, the attempted launch was a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

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