On North Korea, Trump signals break with US-China policy

Pence, whose father is a Korean War veteran, earlier visited the Demilitarized Zone between the Koreas, where he could see North Korean soldiers across the divide.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan for talks Tuesday expected to focus largely on trade with America's anchor ally in the region.

Pence's Japanese hosts will likely be cautious about any U.S. military action that could trigger a broader regional conflict.

Australia's foreign minister believes the United States will find "new and creative" ways to deal with North Korea as a tough-talking Donald Trump warns Kim Jong Un has "gotta behave".

Wit, who has recently met with North Korean officials, adds: "I think we should not underestimate North Korea's resolve to resist pressure from the United States".

"All options are on the table" in pushing for an end to Pyongyang's nuclear programme, Pence said, adding that the era of U.S. "strategic patience" in dealing with the regime was over.

Advocates for the TPP, negotiated by former President Barack Obama and supported by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said it would have dramatically reduced tariffs on USA goods and opened new markets. "What's changed in the political relationship is Kim Jong Un's total willingness to humiliate China, to slap it in the face, not to give China even the ritual obeisance his father did".

China urged a return to negotiations over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

"I express again a strong support and alliance to the Syrian government and its people for its work of justice, condemning the United States' recent violent invasive act against your country", Mr Kim said.

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North Korea has accused the USA of pushing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war, but Julie Bishop says Pyongyang has only itself to blame.

A much better way of neutralizing North Korea's nuclear program would be to assure the regime that we have no intention of attacking, not now nor into the far future.

In a joint appearance, Mr Pence said North Korea should mind the actions and intent of the president. But no one was predicting what might come next.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence talks with members of the American Chamber of Commerce at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Mr Pence and South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo Ahn, speaking a day after a failed missile test by the North and two days after a huge display of missiles in Pyongyang, also said they would strengthen anti-North Korea defences by moving ahead with the early deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) missile system.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters he hopes "there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria and that the USA will follow the line that President Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign".

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. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Monday that tensions need to be eased on the Korean peninsula to bring the escalating dispute there to a peaceful resolution.

But now, Pence will try to reassure his jittery hosts that those decades-old security commitments are ironclad, a necessity made more acute as tensions rise over Pyongyang's latest missile test and Washington's refusal to rule out military action against the regime.

The nationalist Global Times newspaper argued in an editorial on Sunday that China should send a clear message to North Korea: if you conduct a sixth nuclear test, we will cut off the vast majority of your oil imports, through stiffer United Nations sanctions.