THE Vice President of the Unites States of America has, while visiting Australia, warned China if it doesn’t deal with North Korea soon, the U.S. and its allies will.
Vice President Mick Pence made the comments while speaking to reporters with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Saturday.
Mr Pence used the camera-time to thank Australia for publicly calling on China to step up and help put the pressure on North Korea, but said the U.S. would take action if China didn’t respond.
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“As President Trump made clear a few days ago, if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will,” he said.
“Mr Prime Minister, know that President Trump and I are truly grateful to you for calling on China even this week to play an even more active and constructive role in addressing the North Korean threat.”
While assessing all options and refusing to ruling out the use of military force in North Korea, Mr Pence said the US was at this stage focused on diplomacy.
Mr Turnbull said he was confident that China would step up to the challenge and take responsibility.
“China has a leverage, an ability to influence North Korea that far exceeds any others,” he said.
“As I said earlier this week, the eyes of the world are on Beijing. We seek leadership from China to join the leadership shown by the US and Japan and Australia and other nations around the world committed to peace.”