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'All options on table' with North Korea: Pence at DMZ

'All options on table' with North Korea: Pence at DMZ

Pence, who has called the North's failed missile test a day earlier "a provocation", said the USA and its allies will achieve its objectives through "peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary" to protect South Korea and stabilize the region.

Amid increasing tension with North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Korea Saturday, on a scheduled trip as part of his first official visit to the Asia-Pacific region.

At a major military parade to mark the "Day of the Sun" Saturday, Pyongyang showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers.

The US Navy dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson strike group to the region last weekend, and US President Donald Trump has been tweeting this week that if China can't rein North Korea's nuclear program the US will.

In a statement on official news agency KCNA, the North's Korean People's Army said Trump had "entered the path of open threat and blackmail against the DPRK". And it comes at a time of high tensions between the US and North Korea.

Last month during a visit to South Korea, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington's policy of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang had ended.

Chopper carrying U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Camp Bonifas, just south of the DMZ.

North Korea's vice foreign minister says it will conduct its next nuclear test whenever its supreme headquarters sees fit.

The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland. While in Seoul, Pence will also meet National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun - also to discuss Trump's new North Korea policy and the THAAD missile defense system. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

North Korea might recognize that those actions would cross the red line and bring about a US strike. A USA aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, is heading to waters off Korea in a show of force.

North Korea's vice foreign minister says the situation on the Korean Peninsula is now in a "vicious cycle". The country launched a long-range rocket and conducted the two nuclear tests a year ago, including its most powerful to date.

Kim has overseen three nuclear tests and a string of missile and rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011. That was the site of a ballistic missile test earlier this month in which the projectile fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. That launch came shortly before Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Obviously, we've been working here collaboratively with the National Security Council, again, to look for a wide range of options for North Korea, one of which, to no surprise, would be sanctions. "We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable".

Despite Sunday's failure, the North's previous claim to have used "standardized" warheads has led to worries that it was making headway in its push to develop small and sophisticated warheads to be topped on long-range missiles. His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the USA would rely on its allies as well as on Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.


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