Pence says still "a chance" diplomacy can stop North Korea

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

USA officials say tougher sanctions could include an oil embargo, a global ban on North Korea's airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang.

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol said in an interview with the BBC yesterday.

But North Korea used Chinese-made trucks to display missiles at the military parade on Saturday, according to photographs, underlining the difficulty in enforcing United Nations sanctions.

The Trump administration has said military action remains an option for dealing with North Korea.

"Short of launching a shock and awe campaign which would be overwhelming in its breadth and scale there's not a lot else the U.S. and its allies can do other than tighten the constrictor grip on the North", said Alex Neill, a senior fellow at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

In a blatant defiance of global pressure, North Korea executed a new missile test which failed amid fears of preparations for a sixth nuclear test.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is on board an American aircraft carrier stationed in Japan amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

He told CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday he believes North Korea is getting the message.

If you look at North Korea - this guy, he's like a maniac, okay?

So Pence struck a stern tone after arriving at a US naval base from South Korea.

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What does North Korea say?

To gain Chinese support for the new policy, Trump has agreed not to close the door on further talks with the North Koreans, the official said. North Korea says whatever action the U.S. may take, it will respond in kind.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would not tolerate "missile adventures by Pyongyang" but a unilateral use of power by the USA would be "a very risky course".

Instead of a nuclear test, however, the regime conducted a less provocative flight test of a medium-range missile.

"They are trying to build a nuclear missile to hit the United States, they are destabilising the entire region".

Despite the tension, North Korea may carry out a sixth nuclear test soon, observers say.

The military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday displayed a new ICBM with other missiles in the country's arsenal.

THAAD in South Korea caused strong opposition from regional countries, including China and Russian Federation, as it breaks regional strategic balance and damages security interests of regional countries.

Ms Bishop said the Trump administration would prioritise "creative" options to cease North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, signalling a change of approach from that of former president Barack Obama. It also claimed that it has weapons capable of attacking the mainland U.S. Officials and experts, however, claimed that no nation has mastered the necessary technology to follow through with the threat. He's said that he was willing to proliferate nuclear weapons once he develops them.

Trump, who opted against labeling China a currency manipulator last week, said his recent conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping convinced him to abandon his hard-line approach on trade, at least for now.

  • Leroy Wright