US aircraft carrier to reach waters near NKorea next week

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War South Korea Monday

But it seems as if North Korea had no cause for concern.

The Prime Minister of Japan Sinzo Ampe urged today, Monday, North Korea to refrain from further provocative actions, to comply with Security Council resolutions of the United Nations and give up its program of acquiring missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

Such a defiant move was likely to draw even more pressure from the U.S. which ordered its nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to the region, Lu told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.

Manufacturing risky conditions to obtain a more advantageous negotiating position is one of North Korea's most well-worn diplomatic strategies. The narrative last week was that the USA and its allies in the Western Pacific were gearing up for a showdown with strongman Kim Jong Un ahead of the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.

The U.S. has warned North Korea that the country needs to cease its nuclear tests, with President Donald Trump telling dictator Kim Jong-un that he has "got to behave", the Daily Mail reports.

The Navy announced on April 9 that its Carl Vinson Strike Group would skip a regularly scheduled visit to Australia and head toward the "Western Pacific Ocean", a move the White House later explained as a deterrent to North Korea's recent provocations.

The talk came after North Korea had reportedly fired an unidentified missile early on Sunday from its eastern coastal city of Sinpo.

A North Korea missile exploded during launch in the latest test on Sunday. However, the display was nearly certainly intended as a declaration that the Kim regime has ICBMs in its arsenal. Pence says, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spoken with China's foreign policy chief about North Korea.

China is urging a return to negotiations over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons after Vice President Mike Pence warned that the USA has lost its patience with the regime.

The greatest priority of the North Korean government is to sustain the Kim dynasty.

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