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NKorean leader's desire for peace a deciding factor

NKorean leader's desire for peace a deciding factor

From two continents, Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that the USA was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The Pentagon has not discussed which missile blew up after the North's launch on Sunday from a base near Sinpo on its east coast, and the White House has said only that it was a medium-range device.

While inspecting the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, Pence warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

During the interview - which aired the morning after Trump live-tweeted the show - host Ainsley Earhardt raised the topic of North Korea. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Trump appears to be attempting to pressure North Korea into abandoning their nuclear programme alongside China, Japan and South Korea.

North Korea will continue to test missiles on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis, Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol said. Every Republican and every Democrat has screwed up North Korea. Kim must also consider the fate of Libyan leader Moammar Al-Qaddafi, who abandoned his weapons of mass destruction in 2003 only to be toppled and killed in a USA -backed uprising less than a decade later.

"It is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well as peaceable settlements of the issue", he said.

Kim is determined to deliver an ICBM capable of striking the United States mainland into the hands of North Korea.

On Wednesday, China stopped short of criticising the U.S. but said such actions compromised peace in the region. It has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead.

U.S. warning, has said that it would retaliate and there would be an all-out war.

North Korea has not stopped condemning the United States and in some parts of the country authorities are requiring people to visit the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities, according to South Korean news service Daily NK.

Trump campaigned on an "America First" pledge, promising to overhaul trade agreements that he said hurt U.S. jobs.

Reclusive North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and has shown no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles at a parade in Pyongyang. The high-profile failure came as the North tried to showcase its nuclear and missile capabilities around the birth anniversary of the North's late founder and as a US aircraft carrier neared the Korean Peninsula. But confrontation and conflict will not resolve the problem, and may worsen it as North Korea is nuclear and unpredictable.

US President Donald Trump has said that will not happen, and stepped up pressure on the isolated North. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.


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