Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'

If Sunday's missile launch leads to a nuclear test or an ICBM launch, there would be "a powerful punishing measure that North Korean authority can't endure", South Korean officials said.

At a major military parade to mark the "Day of the Sun" Saturday, Pyongyang showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers.

With the men wearing pins adorned with photos of Kim Il Sung, and the women in brightly coloured traditional dress, crowds lined up to bow to portraits of their state founder before touring an exhibition of photos and North Korean paintings.

North Korea's weapons of war rolled through Pyongyang on yesterday and a senior figure in the regime said it could "beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice", as leader Kim Jong-Un mounted a spectacular show of strength.

North Korea attempted to launch a missile on Sunday morning, local time, though the test ended in failure, the USA and South Korean governments said.

McMaster listens as President Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump "is determined not to allow this kind of capability to threaten the United States, and our President will take action that is in the best interest of the American people", McMaster said.

McMaster said President Donald Trump has made clear he will not allow the nuclear-armed Pyongyang regime to put the USA and its regional allies, led by South Korea and Japan, under threat.

"The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo", PACOM continued.

While the ability of North Korea's missiles are well known, it really doesn't only need those to deliver weapons of mass destruction to its enemies, as the attack in Malaysia, which included a unsafe nerve agent recently proved.

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said: "We are concerned by reports of a missile test by North Korea and are monitoring the situation closely".

"The missile blew up nearly immediately", the US Defense Department said of the early-morning launch from the North's east coast.

These, when placed alongside comments made by top official Choe Ryong Hae about the United States asking for "nuclear justice", were a clear attempt by North Korea to display its military might.

On Friday, the North's military issued a statement threatening the "toughest counteraction" to destroy American military bases and South Korea's presidential compound in case of aggression against Pyongyang.

Pence's trip comes after Trump dispatched the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to the waters around the Korean Peninsula.

After all, how often does one land in South Korea, immediately board a military helicopter and fly over Seoul to get to a destination?

Analysts warn that even failed missile launches provide valuable knowledge into North Korea as it tries to build its weapons programme. The Pentagon confirmed later that the latest missile launch by the DPRK had failed.

China has spoken out against North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and has supported United Nations sanctions.

Another missile test from Sinpo ended in failured earlier this month, when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean.

A White House foreign policy adviser, briefing reporters on the plane that carried Pence to Seoul, was asked what steps China had committed to when President Xi Jinping met recently with Trump in Florida.

North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site is seen in commercial satellite imagery.

Trump has suggested in recent days that the USA will take a tougher stance against North Korea, telling reporters last week: "North Korea is a problem". His national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the USA would rely on its allies as well as Chinese leadership to resolve the issues with North Korea.

  • Leroy Wright