U.S. says North Korea fired a medium-range missile
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 0:04
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the border village of Panmunjom which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Monday, April 17, 2017, a day after the North conducted a failed missile launch. "Our president will take action that is in the best interest of the American people".
China, which Trump has urged to do more to rein in North Korea, has spoken out against its weapons tests and has supported United Nations sanctions.
"There is an global consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just can not continue", McMaster said.
He said the consensus, including China, is "that this problem is coming to a head".
Pence vowed "unwavering support" for South Korea, adding, "We are with you 100 percent". He will also aim to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the US will take appropriate steps to defend them against North Korean aggression. The administration's immediate emphasis, the officials said, will be on increasing pressure on North Korea with the help of China.
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".
"It's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully", he said.
"And so we are working together with our allies and partners, and with the Chinese leadership, to develop a range of options".
"North Korea is a liability to everybody and it's a threat not just to the United States, not just to South Korea, not just to Japan, not just to Russian Federation, but it's actually a threat to China as well", McFarland said on Fox News Sunday.
The UN Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions against the North since its first nuclear test in 2006 - all of which have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.
The Government has said it is "concerned" by reports of a failed missile test by North Korea and is closely monitoring the situation. But the failure will sting in Pyongyang because it comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year- celebrations of the 105th birthday of lat.
"It's moving. There are still some things to work out.as in any government decision it may slip a couple of weeks or months", the USA adviser said of THAAD, whose powerful radar China fears could penetrate its territory.
Beijing objects to the advance weapons system as an unnecessary and provocative regional military escalation and voiced concern that the system's powerful radar could be used to spy on them and other countries as well. North Korea and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty.
Pence is on an Asia-Pacific tour that will include visits to Japan, Indonesia and Australia.
Pence from the demilitarized said that "The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies".
Acting President Hwang thanked President Trump for bringing this issue up during his recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida golf resort that Pence referred to at the press conference as the Southern White House.
While Washington had a "wide array of tools" at the president's disposal, "for this particular case, if they (North Korea) took the time and energy to launch a missile that failed, we don't need to expend any resources against that".
Kim stressed that U.S.
A presidential by-election is scheduled here for May 9 as former President Park Geun-hye was ousted from office on March 10. Prosecutors Monday indicted Park on multiple criminal charges including bribery for her role in the scandal.
Pence, whose father served in the 1950-1953 Korean War, said the U.S. would stand by its "iron-clad alliance" with South Korea and was seeking peace through strength.