From tensions rising between North Korea and the U.S., to historic power shifts in Turkey, this is the Week in Pictures.
Fears of an all-out war between North Korea and the U.S. increased this week, as Washington responded to Pyongyang’s sabre-rattling with some of its own. After Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas on April 17, he headed to Japan to reassure the nation and offer some strong words for the isolated regime.
“The era of strategic patience is over and while all options are on the table, President (Donald) Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region and with China to achieve a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Pence said in Tokyo before lunch with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Pence’s comments came after a warning by a senior North Korean official that his government plans weekly tests and an “all-out war” if the U.S. takes any action against it, and has no intention of going slow on its missile program.
The White House also issued some strong words in Turkey this week; Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratuate him following his slim victory in a referendum that grants him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics. The vote will replace Turkey’s parliamentary system with an all-powerful presidency and abolish the office of prime minister, a move Erdogan said was necessary to secure the nation against terror and outside influence from Europe and the West. Opponents and international monitors have questioned the legitimacy of the vote and some have said the vote was marred by irregularities, but Trump’s call sends a message the White House is behind the results.
Erdogan said on Thursday he would meet Trump …read more