North Korea's failed missile test draws dueling rhetoric
Suga, the Japanese government spokesman, said Japan hopes to discuss policies on North Korea with Pence and to convey a growing sense of urgency over its missile tests and other actions.
As tensions escalate over North Korea's nuclear weapons development, Kim said North Korea is ready to attack should the USA take any military action.
The remarks came a day after North Korea threatened the United States with "all-out war" and announced that Pyongyang would continue to test missiles on a weekly basis.
North Korea could react to a potential U.S. strike by targeting South Korea or Japan, and officials in both countries have been ill at ease with the more bellicose language deployed by President Donald Trump's administration.
He said North Korea's measures to bolster its nuclear forces are self-defensive "to cope with the USA vicious nuclear threat and blackmail", and he said his country "is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S".
U.S. military drills and provocations risk destabilizing the Korean peninsula, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations has warned, possibly plunging the region into a nuclear war. He also warned that U.S. military action could lead to an "all-out war", BBC reported. The other called for a freeze on US-South Korean military exercises and a freeze on DPRK missile and nuclear tests.
The vice president reiterated Monday that "all options are on the table" to deal with the threat posed by North Korea.
But Schilling said the ability to hack North Korea's missiles is overblown.
"It has been creating a risky situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula, and pose a serious threat to world peace and security, to say nothing of those in north-east Asia".
Japan will prepare to send troops to the Korean peninsula to protect its nationals there if a crisis requires their evacuation, its defence chief reportedly said Tuesday.
Pence's visit to Northeast Asia comes at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea's defiant efforts to ultimately develop a nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland, and the Trump administration's determination to prevent that from happening.
The brunt of the White House's plan, such as it is, has been to increase pressure on China, which in theory ought to use its considerable influence over the Kim regime to bring North Korea to heel. North Korea held a massive military parade Saturday, exhibiting some new long-range and submarine-based missiles.
"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan", Pence said.
Tokyo is the second stop on Pence's 10-day tour of Asia, a trip aimed at emphasizing that U.S. President Donald Trump wants to boost U.S. trade in the region even though he killed the 10-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact shortly after taking office.
Wang told reporters that although USA officials have made clear that a military strike remains on the table, he believes that Washington would still prefer to de-escalate tensions through multi-sided talks.
Opinions among South Koreans seem sharply divided.
Mr Pence urged the worldwide community to join United States and regional demands for an end to the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Efforts to resolve it, including the Clinton administration's "Agreed Framework" in 1994; the six-party joint statement on denuclearization negotiated under the Bush administration in 2005; and the Obama administration's 2012 "Leap Day deal", all came to nothing, as have multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Why, 64 years after the Korean War, a quarter-century after the Cold War, are we still obliged to go to war to defend South Korea from a North with one-half the South's population and 3 percent of its Gross Domestic Product?
"North Korea would do well not to test his resolve, or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region", Mr Pence said at the press conference with South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo Ahn.
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