Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 17 at 13:30 P.M. EDT

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Posted: Apr 17, 2017 1:40 PM

(Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday:

NORTH KOREA

Vice President Mike Pence puts North Korea on notice, warning that recent U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed that Trump's resolve should not be tested.

China reiterates its opposition to the deployment of a sophisticated U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

Syria's ambassador to North Korea denounces what he calls U.S. aggression and its "history of interventions" and says sending a "message" to North Korea with an attack on a Syrian airfield was irresponsible.

North Korea did not respond this month to requests from senior Chinese diplomats, including the country's foreign minister, to meet North Korean counterparts, amid rising tension with the United States, Bloomberg reports.

RUSSIA

As Russian hopes of swift detente with the United States under Trump have fizzled, state media, which hailed his election win, have made a U-turn: On Sunday, they said he was scarier than North Korea's Kim Jong-Un.

SUPREME COURT

Trump's appointee Neil Gorsuch shows himself to be a frequent and energetic questioner during U.S. Supreme Court arguments in his first day hearing cases as a justice, at one point even apologizing for talking too much.

The U.S. Supreme Court sidesteps a turbulent debate over illegal immigration, turning away an appeal by a group of asylum-seeking Central American women and their children who aimed to clarify the constitutional rights of people who the government has prioritized for deportation.

CLIMATE CHANGE ACCORD

Trump's top advisers will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether to recommend that he withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a White House official says.

PAKISTAN

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, meets Pakistan's prime minister and army chief and emphasizes "the need to confront terrorism in all its forms", while praising democratic and economic development.

(Compiled by Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Bernard Orr and Diane Craft)