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21 April 2017, 02:49 | Erica Roy
After Spending Easter With US Troops in South Korea, VP Pence Visits DMZ
Degrading North Korea's missile capability via hacking is a tactic that is actively being pursued by the USA military, according to public statements and congressional testimony by current and former members of the armed forces.
Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from South Korea and reassured Japan of USA commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions in a series of meetings with Japanese leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan".
He also said, "We are with you 100 percent", adding that the USA always seeks peace.
Determined to signal a hard line on North Korea's nuclear and missiles programs, the US has issued its own warnings, both directly and indirectly.
"The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready", Pence added.
CNN's Dana Bash reported from on board the USS Ronald Reagan, while CNN's Joshua Berlinger reported and wrote from Hong Kong. His language was stronger than in a written statement he issued shortly after the launch, in which he simply said he was aware of the failure.
"The President's decision to launch cruise missiles into Syria at the very airbase that launched a horrific chemical attack, which was the right decision", he said.
On Tuesday morning before the meeting, Japanese Minister of Trade, Economy and Industry Hiroshige Seko and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross met in Tokyo to discuss economic cooperation in such areas as cybersecurity and infrastructure.
Mattis did not identify the type of missile but said it was not of intercontinental range, meaning it could not reach USA territory. However, an official told AP on condition of anonymity that the missile was a Scud variety which the USA calls a KN-17.
A day earlier in talks with Abe, Pence said the Trump administration remained committed to working together with regional stakeholders to ensure a peaceful Korean Peninsula, stating that Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, South Korea, China and all allies in the region to achieve a peaceable solution and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea conducted another banned missile test Sunday - although it reportedly failed nearly immediately after launch - the same day that North Korean state television broadcast an official concert celebrating the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, which featured graphics depicting a catastrophic missile strike on the U.S.
The vice president is on the second stop of a 10-day visit to the Asia-Pacific region after visiting South Korea, where he toured the demilitarized zone (DMZ), the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea.
"That kind of economic and diplomatic pressure will result we hope in the regime in Pyongyang forfeiting their ambitions, forfeiting their nuclear weapons program and join the family of nations".
Pyongyang, which is intent on building a nuclear-tipped warhead capable of striking the USA, unsuccessfully fired a missile on Sunday in what experts posit to be a new weapon that can be used to target ships.
Members of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump have criticized Japan over automobiles, and expressed concern over things such as Japan's unique standards for minicars and its vehicle inspection system. First, the Trump administration is not seeking concessions as a means to return to negotiations, as Obama did.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said all parties should make efforts to resolve the situation.
Trump assailed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal during his 2016 campaign and announced shortly after his inauguration that the US would withdraw from the Pacific Rim-based TPP, which now includes 11 countries from Chile to New Zealand.
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Trump said a trade deal between China and the United States would be "far better for them if they solved the North Korea problem". North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, as a U.S.