Russian Federation warns United States against unilateral strike on North Korea

The new and inexperienced U.S. president has indicated he will not allow North Korea to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the western United States.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, third from left, stands with his daughter Charlotte, second from left, and U.S. Gen. Vincent Brooks, right, commander of the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command while his daughter Audrey, left, looks through binoculars to see North Korea from Observation Post Ouellette in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), near the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Monday.

Pence, whose father served in the 1950-53 Korean War, said the United States would stand by its "iron-clad alliance" with South Korea and was seeking peace through strength.

He also reiterated the alliance between South Korea and the USA was "iron clad" and Pyongyang should "not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies".

Pence's trip comes amid turmoil over North Korea's threats to advance its nuclear and defense capabilities, including a failed missile launch on Sunday.

Mr Pence made the unannounced visit at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia in a U.S. show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

"The President and I have "great confidence" that China will properly deal with North Korea", Pence said. His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the USA would rely on its allies as well as on Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

He was visiting the heavily mined, four-kilometre-wide (2.5-mile-wide) demilitarised border between North and South Korea, a day after North Korea's failed missile launch. We hope to achieve this objective through peaceable means.

The incident is likely to escalate the rising tensions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's rogue nuclear weapons ambitions. A former USA envoy said President Trump's aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea over its nuclear program "makes people nervous", but he praised some of the administration's actions in response to the North Korean threat as encouraging.

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.

The two sides may have discussed the ongoing deployment of THAAD, the US missile defense system to be placed in central South Korea to deter North Korea missiles.

Mr Trump is equally determined that won't happen, that the United States will not tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea.

The US, its allies and China are working together on a range of responses to North Korea's latest failed ballistic missile test, Trump's national security adviser said on Sunday, citing what he called an global consensus to act.

Each time, the visits have prompted North Korean soldiers to snap photographs of the visiting Americans - something that is thought to be an effort not only to document the events, but also to intimidate the US officials. After arriving in the South Korean capital, he placed a wreath at Seoul National Cemetery and then worshipped with military personnel at an Easter church service at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.

On Thursday, the U.S. military said it had dropped the "mother of all bombs", the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in Afghanistan.

US President Donald Trump held a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month, and has praised China's turning back of North Korean coal ships as a "big step" forward in the effort to enlist Chinese pressure on Pyongyang.

On Friday, North Korea said the unsafe security situation was due to the "Trump administration's reckless military provocation".

"On behalf of the president of the United States, my message to the people of South Korea is this: We are with you 100 percent".

It includes both a museum and gift shop on the South Korean side and coin-operated binoculars that can be used to see into North Korea's hills.

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