Pence brands N Korea missile 'provocation'

North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday, as a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region.

Former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind first suggested to the BBC that the USA could have been behind the failed attempt through an act of sabotage.

South Korean and US fighter jets fly together in the 2016 Max Thunder exercise in this file photo provided by the South Korean Air Force.

North Korea, still technically at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce but not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan.

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain raises doubts United States sabotaged North Korean missile launch McCain: North Korea "first real test" for Trump Sunday shows preview: McMaster hits circuit for second straight week MORE (R-Ariz.) dismissed the possibility that the USA hacked North Korea's nuclear missile test, leading to its failed launch.

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

The launch, off the North's east coast, failed, South Korea also said.

Any U.S. military action brings severe risks for U.S. ally South Korea.

The newspaper said this could come in the form of a pre-emptive strike as it reported that U.S. national security adviser General HR McMaster has told British security chiefs and military top brass that Washington has the intelligence to target key sites in the nuclear programme. 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.

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

After a two-month policy review, officials settled on a policy of "maximum pressure and engagement", USA officials said Friday. The official said there was limited data as the missile blew up so quickly. The country's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In April of that year, the North attempted to launch a satellite on a three-stage rocket, in what Washington said was a violation of the agreement because of the rocket's potential military uses. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

The official said Trump had numerous ways to respond if needed. He urged China and Russian Federation to play more constructive roles on the issue.

Trump has been leaning on China to put pressure on North Korea, but has also threatened to take on the country alone if necessary.

The two-week Max Thunder exercise, one of the largest military flying exercises held annually in South Korea, is scheduled to run though April 28 at Kunsan Air Base in the southwest of the peninsula.

Pence has called North Korea's failed missile launch a "provocation", and President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that China is working with the US on the "North Korea problem".

White House Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland told Fox News host Chris Wallace Sunday "no comment", after he asked her if the US sabotaged the missile. The adviser spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's initial understanding of the launch.

Trump is spending Easter weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. "I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea".

China banned imports of North Korean coal on February 26, cutting off its most important export.

"We've seen the Chinese already take some initial steps", the official said, citing the turning back of the coal ships.

Deputy national adviser K.T. McFarland briefed the president on the failed missile launch.

  • Leroy Wright