Trump warns North Korea it has 'gotta behave'

United States Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Japan for the second leg of his four-nation Asia tour.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and beat any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence said to loud applause, reiterating that all options are on the table in dealing with Pyongyang.

The president's warning comes as a senior North Korean official has told the BBC, North Korea will continue to test missiles regularly and any military action against it by the United States would prompt "all out war".

These steps by China were being assessed as part of an effort to "reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency", the official said.

The U.S. and South Korea are holding joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula.

According to reports, a full orchestra played alongside the video, which depicted missiles soaring over the Pacific and engulfing a city on the US west coast. "But I think that our understanding is that it was not one of the longer-range missiles that they were trying to test there; it was something like a medium-range ballistic missile".

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter, said the missile was a Scud variant that the US calls a KN-17.

The relations between North Korea and the United States remain tense.

"We're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held", Tillerson told reporters at a press conference in Washington on Wednesday. "We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs", he said.

The U.S. will conduct two missile-interception drills next month to test its defenses against missiles launched from North Korea.

"We've moved beyond failed dialogues of the past and now we've moved into an era where President Trump is absolutely committed to marshaling the energy of the world community, of countries in the Asian-Pacific, to use economic and diplomatic power to isolate North Korea and achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said. But it remains unclear what might come next. "I'm going to hit him with currency manipulation", Trump asked.

North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine.

North Korea has threatened the United States with "all-out war" and announced that Pyongyang will continue to test missiles on a weekly basis.

Also on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the U.S. against any "unilateral action" against the North, saying any response to Pyongyang's nuclear activities should not violate "international law".

China wants to cool tempers and would like to see a return to multilateral negotiations with North Korea.

China is seriously concerned about the latest developments in the nuclear and missile programmes of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.

  • Leroy Wright