PENCE: A peaceful outcome for the Korean peninsula is still possible

Pence is on a 10-day Asia trip that will see him also visit Indonesia and Australia.

Two new missiles on display in North Korea at the weekend but the authenticity of them is unclear.

China temporarily put cruise missile-capable bombers "on high alert" this week as the United States sees evidence the Chinese military was preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a USA defense official told CNN.

Official media in China have also suggested the possibility of suspending exports of hydrocarbons if North Korea conducts a new nuclear test.

Pence said the US would work with allies and others in the region to apply diplomatic and economic pressure on the regime in Pyongyang until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"While all options are on the table", Pence said, "President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China" to resolve the problem.

Speculation that the U.S. may have used cyber capabilities to thwart the North Korean missile test comes at a time of escalating rhetoric between the two nations.

Tensions with North Korea over its nuclear programme continue to mount as the United States Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. will not back down on ensuring the Korean Peninsula is free of nuclear weapons.

"Under President Donald Trump, the United States will once again stand with our allies and stand up to our enemies".

Pence on Wednesday also restated the US commitment to a peaceful resolution to the DPRK's missile and nuclear programs but intimated that it would be no pushover.

"They don't want to see chaos in North Korea but they also are not fans of a unified Korean peninsula because what they don't want to see is US military force on their border in a unified Korea", Townsend said.

"As President Trump has made clear to the world, the era of strategic patience is over".

In Trump's first 100 days in office, Pence noted, the new president has taken steps to strengthen America's military.

The ministry said that they will also discuss their coordinated message to be sent to the North at a United Nations Security Council meeting to be held this week.

During last year's presidential campaign, President Donald Trump said he'd be willing to speak with Kim Jong Un, but when asked Wednesday if there would be any direct negotiations Pence said "not at this time".

Defense Secretary James Mattis dismissed North Korea's threats of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" that would reduce both South Korea and the USA mainland to ashes on Friday by saying the country was full of hot air and its aggressive language was "not to be trusted".

As far as what to hack, "there's lots of ways in, which makes it very hard for the defender to know what's being attacked and what's not being attacked", said Austin, who is leading the UNSW's newly announced Research Group on Cyber War and Peace.

Abe said Japan hoped for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called on all sides to "show restraint and common sense", saying the situation surrounding North Korea is "fraught with unpredictable tensions".

  • Leroy Wright