North Korea accuses United States of creating situation for nuclear war

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US Vice President Mike Pence was in Seoul, South Korea on Monday where he warned the North not to test Trump's resolve, adding "all options are on the table". So Trump has taken a different tack: seeking to incentivize China into stepping up its role in the North Korean issue as he stressed the urgency of confronting the threat.

Before Pence's arrival, Aso told reporters the talks were meant to provide, "not friction, but cooperation". North Korea has taken "self-defensive" measures in response to USA threats of military action and these reflect Pyongyang's determination to "counter nukes and ICBM in kind", Kim said, referring to intercontinental ballistic missiles.

He also said he would not discuss any bilateral free trade deal with Pence.

Earlier, after discovering "great chemistry" with Chinese President Xi Jinping over "the most attractive piece of chocolate cake" at Mar-a-Lago, Trump had confided, "I explained ... that a trade deal with the US will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"

Meanwhile, China made a plea for a return to negotiations. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said tensions need to be eased on the Korean Peninsula to bring the escalating dispute there to a peaceful resolution.

Pence said Trump has "made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change".

"As far as nuclear test is concerned, it was already announced to the public".

"It opens up the thinking in everyone's mind around the world that they can haggle for a better deal and get the United States to give up on longstanding positions", said Michael Green, the National Security Council's senior director for Asia in the Bush 43 White House.

Kim stressed that U.S. -South Korean installation, which is just outside the 2.5-mile wide (4 kilometers) DMZ. Under rainfall, Pence later stood a few meters from the military demarcation line outside Freedom House, gazing at the North Korean soldiers across the border, and then peered at a deforested stretch of North Korea from a lookout post in the hillside.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departs the White House on February 10, 2017. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

But Pence and South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, said they would proceed with the early deployment to South Korea of the US THAAD missile-defence system, in spite of Chinese objections.

Kim has accused President Donald Trump of provoking his nation with a series of increasingly aggressive moves, including sending the USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Japan for the second stop of a 10-day Asia tour.

Susan Thornton, acting USA assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, agreed in a phone call on Sunday on the need for strict enforcement of United Nations resolutions and for global action to press Pyongyang "to cease provocative actions and recommit to peaceful denuclearisation".

Fear of being surrounded is the best explanation for Beijing's longtime support for Pyongyang's failed family rule: Communist North Korea serves as a buffer against South Korea, Japan and the other American allies near China's borders. But then he ordered the unilateral missile strike against Syria, even after dismissing talk of deeper USA involvement in that nation's civil war. "We have to be honest about where our trade relationship is falling short".

The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations.

Last week, Trump said he would not declare China a currency manipulator, pulling back from a campaign promise, as he looked for help from Beijing, which is the North's dominant trade partner.