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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned the US against taking unilateral military action in North Korea on Monday at a press conference in Moscow.

North Korea's latest missile test on Sunday failed a few seconds after launch.

US President Donald Trump has said that will not happen, and stepped up pressure on the isolated North.

Experts warn that by its very nature, shooting down one of North Korea's test missiles would bring a substantial risk of escalation - and perhaps push the scope of consequences outside the Pentagon's control and impact US allies in the region, particularly Japan and South Korea.

North Korean state media last week warned of a nuclear attack on the USA at any sign of American aggression, but the White House said there was no evidence it possessed that capability. Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State, said last month that pre-emptive military action was on the table.

Pence is in the region to reassure USA allies unnerved by North Korea's ongoing missile programme, and its apparent readiness to carry out another banned nuclear test in its quest to develop an atomic weapon that can hit the U.S. mainland. Pyongyang continues to threaten to destroy Japan, South Korea, and the United States with its missiles.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a new appeal for calm on the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday and said he believes the United States would prefer a diplomatic resolution to the standoff.

China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North.

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

On April 18, it was found out that the ships supposedly headed to the Korean peninsula April 8 were actually sailing toward the Indian Ocean, away from North Korea.

Earlier this year, China called on the USA and North Korea to give up something to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has proceeded with nuclear and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

"From my understanding, we haven't had any business with the North Korean market since past year", a Sinotruk representative told Reuters, adding, "North Korea has never been a major focus of ours".

Reports in South Korea claim the US President is bolstering the deployment by sending the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz to the Sea of Japan next week.

Earlier, after discovering "great chemistry" with Chinese President Xi Jinping over "the most handsome piece of chocolate cake" at Mar-a-Lago, Trump had confided, "I explained. that a trade deal with the USA will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!" North Korea has launched at least eight confirmed missiles since the start of the year, and its rhetoric continues to be particularly hostile.

But when American Vice President Pence visits the DMZ separating North and South Korea, and announces that "the era of strategic patience is over, " you hope that Trump is not merely playing with what he considers a good hand, but that he's been able to get a glimpse of North Korea's cards.

He told reporters that President Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure Pyongyang to abandon its weapons programme. As long as North Korea remains a giant prison camp, the long-term problem will not have been solved.

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