PYONGYANG-Hailing it as a significant step forward for their ballistic weapons program just hours after suffering a failed missile launch, North Korean leaders announced Monday they had successfully detonated a nuclear scientist.
Mr Pence's visit to the tense DMZ dividing North and South Korea came at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia and underscored United States commitment.
In New York, the North's deputy United Nations ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said that U.S.
Pence said during a press conference in Seoul on April 17 that recent USA military action in Syria and Afghanistan had signaled the "strength and resolve of our new president".
North Korea's deputy representative to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the United States of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out an any time" and said Pyongyang's next nuclear test would take place "at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary".
In early March, the North simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles off its east coast, three of which fell provocatively close to Japan, in what it said was a drill for an attack on USA bases in the country. On Thursday, the U.S. military said it had dropped "the mother of all bombs", the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan.
Pence said Trump's regime signalled a conclusion of former President Barack Obama's "era of strategic patience" with North Korea.
South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun (R) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence before their talks at the Assembly in Seoul on April 17, 2017. Pence declared that the U.S.is "going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience".
He said the Trump administration's deployment of the Carl Vinson nuclear carrier task group to waters off the Korean Peninsula again "proves the USA reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario". He suggested plans to deploy a USA missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.
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He also said the government was considering measures to respond to contingencies stemming from a potential crisis on the Korean peninsula, including floods of refugees and how to evacuate Japanese citizens from South Korea.
China says its powerful radar can penetrate its territory and undermine its security and spoke out against it again on Monday.
Trump is still willing to consider military action, including a sudden strike, to counteract North Korea's series of destabilizing actions, said two people familiar with the White House's thinking. But at the same time, H.R. McMaster said, "it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully".
Instead he reiterated two Chinese proposals that the USA rejected.
"We should stay on our toes to protect our territory and people's lives", Hwang said.
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President Donald Trump earlier warned that North Korean President Jong Un has "gotta behave".
US President Donald Trump has vowed to narrow big trade deficits with nations like China and Japan, saying he would boost USA manufacturing jobs.
Vice President Mike Pence began his 10-day trip to Asia by going straight to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.