Pence to North Korea: ‘The sword stands ready’

US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened North Korea with an “overwhelming” response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

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Australia’s prime minister also urged China to do more, saying Beijing has the “greatest obligation and responsibility” to de-escalate the threat from North Korea.

Its latest missile test on Sunday failed a few seconds after launch.

“At some point in the future, there may be a decision made between our nations to take what we have learned in this dialogue and commence formal negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA)”, he said. The visit comes after the DPRK test-fired a ballistic missile, which exploded soon after lift-off, with speculation of another possible nuclear test.

He has sent a navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula, and the USA and South Korea are moving ahead with the early deployment of a controversial missile defence system. This is also the place where a missile that fell into a Japanese sea was launch.

Meanwhile, Twitter gave VP Mike Pence kudos for his stern demeanor in North Korea.

At the outset of their meeting, Pence reiterated to Abe his statement in South Korea that the United States has run out of patience with Pyongyang’s moves.

“We are with you 100 percent”, he said, adding that the U.S.

The time of dictating orders by brandishing the USA military might has gone.

Abe hailed Pence’s visit as “extremely timely given the severe state of the situation surrounding North Korea”.

According to reports, a full orchestra played alongside the video, which depicted missiles soaring over the Pacific and engulfing a city on the USA west coast.

What does North Korea say?

Pressure on North Korea is crucial, the prime minister said.

The DPRK’s state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying, “We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the USA reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force”.

The probability of Aegis interceptors missing a North Korean target would be embarrassing for the USA and embolden Pyongyang.

Trump on Monday said his message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was: “Got to behave”.

The United States was the most important participant, he said.

And what about other world powers?

“If the USA comes up with a unsafe military option, then the first card is in our hands, then we’ll deal with it with our pre-emptive strike”, he said.

“We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis”, NK Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol said.

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North Korea could react to a potential United States strike by targeting South Korea or Japan, and officials in Tokyo and Seoul have been ill at ease with the more bellicose language deployed by Trump’s administration.

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