Pence warns North Korea: "The sword stands ready"

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul thinks China is the key to keeping the erratic North Korean regime in check. They're threatening to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States in no particular order.

North Korea's vice-foreign minister told the BBC Pyongyang would continue to test missiles and would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it thought the USA was planning an attack.

Meanwhile, US and Russian Federation are reported to have been on a different page over a US-drafted UN Security Council statement to condemn Pyongyang's latest but failed ballistic missile test.

China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North.

US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, said: "You're aware that the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile".

President Donald Trump in Washington and Pence at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea have signaled a forceful US stance on North Korea's recent actions.

The Chinese air force land-attack cruise missile-carrying bombers were being prepared to respond to potential hostilities involving North Korea, a U.S. defence official told CNN.

Regarding the question on military options against North Korea, Trump maintained his strategic ambiguity, saying he will not "telegraph" what he is doing or thinking.

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North Korea's deputy representative to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the United States on Monday of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out an any time" and said the North's next nuclear test would take place "at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary".

"We have said it as clearly as we can possibly say it: The ball is in their court". None of the U.S. officials who told Reuters about the heightened level of activity by Chinese bombers suggested alarm or signalled that they knew the precise reason for such activity.

They came hours after state media in Pyongyang warned that a pre-emptive strike by North Korea would result in the US and South Korea being "completely destroyed in an instant".

It test-fired a missile on Sunday that exploded within seconds of launch, following a grand military parade on Saturday.

"It was not an intercontinental ballistic missile, it failed on launch, and it shows why we're working so closely right now with the Chinese". "You read Clinton's book, he said, "Oh, we made such a great peace deal, ' and it was a joke". In the statement, the council's members "strongly condemn" the April 15 missile test and "express their utmost concern" over North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council".

The paper, obtained by The Associated Press, says the North's latest actions "make clear that further worldwide pressure is required for the DPRK to change its behavior if there is to be any hope for meaningful denuclearization talks to resume".

The build-up of tension come as a US aircraft carrier navy group continued to move towards Korean waters, amid reports that the heads of the Five Eyes intelligence agencies - the US, UK, Austrialia, Canada and New Zealand - were to hold their annual meeting in a secluded New Zealand mountain resort.

The report, carried by Reuters, also warned the USA and its allies "should not mess with us".

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