Pence Calls North Korea's Failed Missile Launch A 'Provocation'

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While Trump has employed tough rhetoric in response to North Korea's recent missile tests, the president's options appear limited in dealing with a challenge that has vexed his Oval Office predecessors.

In a joint appearance, Pence said North Korea should mind the actions and intent of the president.

"But the era of strategic patience is over", Pence said.

China has spoken out against the North's weapons tests and has supported United Nations sanctions.

President Donald Trump have been in contact, aides to the vice president said.

China is urging a return to negotiations over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons after Vice President Mike Pence warned that the US has lost its patience with the regime. "It's clear that the president is determined not to allow this kind of capability to threaten the United States".

"It is a testament to the unshakeable bond between our people", he said.

After a two-month policy review, officials settled on a policy dubbed "maximum pressure and engagement", USA officials said Friday.

Pence was briefed on the launch, administration officials said.

The officials weren't authorised to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.

Under rainfall, Pence later stood a few meters from the military demarcation line outside Freedom House, gazing at the North Korean soldiers across the border, and then peered at a deforested stretch of North Korea from a lookout post in the hillside. While interest in North Korea spikes immediately after a missile launch, within hours internet search traffic is again dominated by TV comedy shows, taxes and real estate. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless". The United States, South Korea and other countries have vowed to apply more pressure on the North, but so far nothing has worked to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.

North Korea launched a missile that "blew up nearly immediately" during the nation's latest attempt at military might, USA officials said on Saturday.

On Saturday, the North Korean regime gave a huge show of strength with a parade of military hardware feared to have featured a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

A White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence said no USA response to the missile launch was expected because there was no need for the U.S.to reinforce the failure.

According to the adviser, the test had been expected and the US had good intelligence both before and after the launch.

North Korea's ultimate goal is to have a full array of nuclear-tipped missiles in response to what Pyongyang says is hostility by Washington and Seoul meant to topple its government.

During their discussions in Mar-a-Lago recently, Trump encouraged Chinese President Xi Jinping to rein in the actions of its hostile neighbor in exchange for a favorable trade policy.

They have heard North Korean warnings of their destruction for so long that the threats barely even register. "We will see what happens!" Trump tweeted on Sunday. She advised patience with China on the issue.

"The United States is troubled by China's economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself", Pence said.

Pence arrived in South Korea for a three-days visit where the nuclear issue will be top of the agenda at talks with South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-Ahn.

President Trump spent part of his Easter Sunday attending a church service with family in Florida.

Along with the deployment of the Naval aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were also deployed last month in their biggest-ever joint military exercises.

North Korea "answered our overtures with wilful deception, broken promises and nuclear and missile tests", he said.

A USA nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group is also heading for the region.

The regime is thought to have carried out its first nuclear test in 2006, with its scientists detonating five devices to date.

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