'The sword stands ready': Mike Pence warns North Korea

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday in Japan, aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, that "we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response".

Abe said he supported Trump's stance that strategic patience with North Korea had run out, and that all options were on the table.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands prior to a luncheon hosted by Abe at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, April 18, 2017.

Unlike Obama, however, Trump has made a decision to confront this threat head-on, dispatching what he called a "very powerful" armada to the Korean Peninsula as a sign of strength and a show of solidarity with the United States' allies in the region, South Korea and Japan.

Ms Bishop defended US President Donald Trump's blunt "they gotta behave" message to the North Korean leadership after the failed missile test on Sunday. "North Korea needs to realize don't give us a reason and we won't have a reason to fight".

Noting Trump's recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, Pence said, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve", or the USA armed forces in the region. "We're building our military rapidly", said Trump.

"An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

During an interview with Fox & Friends, Mr Trump said: "I hope things work out well".

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Mattis did not identify the type of missile but said it was not of intercontinental range, meaning it could not reach USA territory.

"Let me assure you that under President Trump's leadership, our resolve has never been stronger, our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger, and with your help and God's help, freedom will ever prevail on this peninsula".

He has also raised the matter with the Chinese leadership since taking office.

Speaking through interpreters, the two leaders had discussed the North Korean nuclear crisis for more than two hours.

United Nations diplomats said the proposed statement of condemnation had consensus from the other 14 Council members, including China, North Korea's biggest ally and a Council permanent member. If they were, North Korea wouldn't have been able to conduct over the years five nuclear tests and a series of ballistic missile tests.

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

In a press conference, Wang said China stays committed to the goal of denuclearisation in the Korean peninsula and would prefer the use of peaceful and diplomatic means to resolve the issue, Efe news reported. The test was unsuccessful, with the device blowing up "almost immediately", according to USA military officials.

"I can see that the U.S. is also emphasizing and reaffirming their willingness for a political and diplomatic solution". Mr Trump has repeatedly expressed unhappiness at the weakening yen and Japan's $63 billion (€59 billion) trade surplus with the United States.

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