N. Korea threatens 'super-mighty preemptive strike'

"Pence insisted that the U.S.is finished with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement". Economic Dialogue at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 1.

Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump's administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence said.

"We should stay on our toes to protect our territory and people's lives", Hwang said.

Mr Pence's comments, delivered in Japan, came a day after he spoke in South Korea where he said the "the era of strategic patience is over", a comment that was widely seen as hinting at USA military action.

North Korea's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, speaks during a news briefing on Monday, April 17, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the US would rely on its allies as well as Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

Speaking with reporters on his way to the Middle East, Mattis said the most recent test was not an intercontinental ballistic missile but still a reckless move.

"That's a common failure mode for North Korean missiles very early on in their development cycle when they are working out the bugs in the propulsion and guidance system", the weapons expert told Agence France-Presse.

Appearing on the Fox News Channel Wednesday night, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was pressed about it again.

The official pointed out the recent engagement with the Chinese, and the stronger language calling for more Chinese pressure on North Korea, is the most immediate impact of that review.

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In fact the VP said that "all options are on the table" when it comes to dealing with the "ominous threat" the country poses.

Kim said: "If the USA dares opt for a military action", North Korea "is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.".

"North Korea is the most unsafe and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", he said. But it remains unclear what might come next.

Pence is on a 10-day Asia trip that will also take him to Indonesia and Australia.

She added, "The main reason why we are proceeding with this is that there is this imminent threat from North Korea that threatens South Korea, threatens our allies, and threatens our troops in the region".

Whereas the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hoped there won't be any unilateral actions like the one recently seen in Syria.

Lu stressed that given the complicated and sensitive situation on the Korean Peninsula, China firmly opposes any words and deeds that could heighten hostility and tension and called on all parties involved to make efforts to ease the tension.

"The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complicated and sensitive", said foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

The US, meanwhile, has conducted missile defense drills with the South Korean and Japanese navies, sent its newest F-35 stealth fighters to train in South Korea, flown B-1 bombers to South Korea, and just Thursday commenced "Max Thunder", billed as the second-largest military flying exercise between US and South Korean forces.

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