North Korea's missile launch: What we know

A North Korean missile test that failed seconds after launch may have been sabotaged by a U.S. cyber-attack, some analysts conjectured on Sunday even as Washington's strategic community is spooked over the reach and potency of Pyongyang's nuclear missiles and is wondering what President Trump meant to do about it. A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday from the country's east coast, USA and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful US aircraft carrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

During his visit to Seoul, which is about 182 miles from the launch site of the latest missile, Vice President Pence is expected to issue a warning to Kim Jong Un's regime that North Korea would face strong consequences if the country's provocative behavior was not stopped.

After touching down at a US air base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, Pence headed to a Seoul national cemetery in a symbolic gesture to highlight the alliance forged during the 1950-53 Korean War. During a fellowship meal after the services, he said the tensions on the Korean peninsula had put into sharp focus the importance of the joint U.S.

Speaking on Saturday, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said Mr Johnson and Prime Minister Theresa May needed to use what influence they had with Mr Trump to tell him that "aircraft carrier diplomacy is not what the world needs".

Pointing to the quarter-century since the United States first confronted North Korea over its attempts to build nuclear weapons, the vice president said a period of patience had followed.

Pence took off on Air Force Two on Saturday with a stopover in Alaska and family and staff in tow.

The group brought ships that could shoot down missiles that North Korea has been testing.

The failed launch took place just hours before US Vice President Mike Pence landed in South Korea for talks on the North's increasingly defiant arms programme amid rising tensions in the region.

Washington sees North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles as a threat to world security and to its Asian allies, Japan and South Korea.

Pence is also likely to explain to Hwang the Trump administration's North Korea policy. It again called for talks to defuse the crisis on Friday.

The vice president reiterated Monday that "all options are on the table" to deal with the threat posed by North Korea.

Abe said that "we need to apply pressure on North Korea so they seriously respond to a dialogue" with the worldwide community.

The White House believes that Sunday's test involved a medium-range ballistic missile that failed within 4-5 seconds after launch, and that it did not involve an intercontinental ballistic missile, the foreign policy adviser said.

The North regularly launches short-range missiles, but is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target USA troops in Asia and, eventually, the US mainland. In February 2012, the United States and North Korea announced an agreement in which the North would suspend operations of its Yongbyon uranium enrichment plant, allow global inspectors to verify the suspension, and implement moratoriums on nuclear and long-range missile tests. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

Amid concerns the U.S. might launch a preemptive strike on North Korea, Pence said Washington would "closely consult" with Seoul "as we make decisions moving forward".

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