Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'

Posted April 18, 2017

Washington sees North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles as a threat to world security and to its Asian allies, Japan and South Korea.

Another missile test from Sinpo failed earlier this month, when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean. "Chuck, how many times on this show have they said 'oh, we have now a comprehensive agreement with North Korea?'" McCain added.

After a two-month policy review, officials settled on a policy dubbed "maximum pressure and engagement", US officials said Friday.

He said: "We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack". In a statement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Trump and his military team "are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch".

"We've got a range of options - both militarily, diplomatic and others - so we have a wide array of tools at disposal for the president should he choose to use them", the official said.

While in South Korea, Pence will meet with South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, the country's acting head of state in place of ousted President Park Geun-hye, who was recently arrested over a corruption scandal.

N Korea attempted to launch missile, South's military said.

SEOUL, South Korea A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force. We don't need to expend any resources against that."The adviser said the missile's flight lasted four or five seconds".

"It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the U.S. through cyber methods has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail", Rifkind said.

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U.S. military officials don't believe the missile had intercontinental capabilities, a United States defense official told CNN.

"The missile blew up nearly immediately", Benham said.

The newspaper said this could come in the form of a pre-emptive strike as it reported that USA national security adviser General HR McMaster has told British security chiefs and military top brass that Washington has the intelligence to target key sites in the nuclear programme.

Pence told reporters that the North Korean people and military "should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies", calling the alliance "iron-clad".

Pyongyang's rogue atomic ambitions have come into sharp focus in recent weeks, with Trump vowing a tough stance against the North and threatening unilateral action if China failed to help curb its neighbor's nuclear program.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged North Korea on Monday to refrain from taking further provocative actions, comply with United Nations resolutions and abandon its nuclear missile development.

"I think the (Trump) administration anticipated that a ballistic missile launch would occur, and I have to wonder whether they were prepared to use the ships that are with that carrier group to shoot down that missile" as long as the ships were positioned in the right spots, Bennett said.

The North has a habit of test-firing missiles to mark major dates such as Saturday's 105th anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder Kim Il Sung, or as gestures of defiance when top USA officials visit the region. While the North did not conduct a nuclear test, the spectre of a potential test and an escalated USA response has trailed Pence as he undertakes his Asian tour.

President Donald Trump was uncharacteristically quiet about the failed launch of a North Korean missile from the country's east coast.