North Korea vows to continue testing missiles despite USA warning

Guards at Korean DMZ

On Wednesday, Pence also reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and said its common defense alliance with Japan extended to islands also claimed by China.

On Monday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice, warning that recent U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed that the Trump administration's resolve should not be tested. Yesterday, President Trump referred to Kim Jong-un as "this gentleman" twice, and seemed to be confused about the fact that President Bill Clinton was dealing with his father, Kim Jong-il.

Both countries are trying "to get this under control and aim for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.

At the United Nations on Monday, North Korea's permanent representative Ambassador Kim In-ryong, condemned the USA missile strikes in Syria, which targeted an air base after a suspected chemical attack by the government.

Nevertheless, the US reportedly directed two additional aircraft carrier groups toward the Korean Peninsula this week.

VP Pence confirmed that all options are on the table to deal with threat.

North Korea warns it is prepared for war if the United States takes action to stop its ballistic missile program.

VP Pence warned North Korea not to test Trump's resolve, declaring that "all options are on the table" in curbing its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Calling the meeting a clear sign of the robust U.S. -Japan alliance, Pence stressed that Washington stands with Tokyo, even during this hard period of continual provocations by the North.

However, a senior Japanese Defense Ministry official said, "North Korea considers nuclear development to be a means of deterring US attacks".

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Speaking with reporters on his way to the Middle East, Mattis said the most recent test was not an intercontinental ballistic missile but still a reckless move.

Pence noted that Washington's policy has changed towards the isolated state.

Like South Korea, Japan already faces a direct threat from the secretive regime. Pence pointed out the recent actions of the U.S.in Syria and Afghanistan demonstrated the power of the USA military and Trump's resolve.

State broadcaster CCTV reported last Friday that Air China had suspended its Beijing-Pyongyang route, leading to speculation the move was meant to pressure the North.

After meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders, Pence told reporters that President Donald Trump was confident that economic and diplomatic pressure has a chance of compelling North Korea to cooperate.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a fresh appeal for calm.

Pence's warning to North Korea comes just days after ex-officials under former President Obama admitted that Obama's wimpiness against foreign adversaries "left a more unsafe world".

"It's natural for Air China or other airlines to make such decisions".

"China firmly opposes any words or actions that would escalate rivalry and tension", Lu said.

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