Why Tension Between the U.S. and North Korea Will Only Get Worse

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A chain reaction of tough statements led to Pyongyang's threatening the US with a preemptive strike in the event of any US "political, economic or military provocation" and prompted US Vice President Mike Pence to announce that "the era of strategic patience [toward North Korea] is over". But he told the sailors, "as all of you know, readiness is the key".

Second, we can't just use sanctions to limit Pyongyang's nuclear and missile systems - we need to go further.

The vice president said the US would honor its alliance with Pacific Rim nations and protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory.

Xiang Zhihong, a supervising officer with the Chinese navy's north sea fleet, reportedly said: "This live-fire exercise not only provided officers and sailors with an opportunity to fire the artillery, but also tested and regulated their firing techniques and help them gather battling experience".

Trump says the United States wants peace and he hopes North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un wants peace.

"You're aware that the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he recently told reporters.

Global observers have warned that over the past decade North Korea has become adept at circumventing the United Nations sanctions, particularly so-called dual-use equipment that has both military and civilian applications. He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail. However, an official told AP on condition of anonymity that the missile was a Scud variety which the USA calls a KN-17.

Abe said that it was a "matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well peaceable settlements of the issue".

The Trump administration has signaled a forceful US stance on North Korea's recent actions, dispatching Pence to the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Monday in a show of American resolve.

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Wang told reporters that although USA officials have made clear that a military strike remains on the table, he believes that Washington would still prefer to de-escalate tensions through multi-sided talks.

Behind the heated rhetoric, Trump's strategy in the region looks somewhat similar to predecessor Barack Obama's - albeit with the added unpredictability of a new president who has shown he's willing to use force.

"Whether that is true or not, Korea hasn't been a part of China for thousands of years and it is an historical fact that the worldwide community acknowledges and no one can deny it", a foreign ministry official said on the condition of anonymity.

China's top negotiator for North Korea's nuclear program, Wu Dawei, held talks on the missile shield and North Korea's recent actions during a visit to Seoul last week.

The three parties agree that China should collaborate with its neighboring countries to solve what made the deployment of such defense system necessary in the first place.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China believed in the Security Council maintaining unity.

U.S. -based Chinese-language Boxun News, citing a Beijing source, said that Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to send Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, to Pyongyang after his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

"When the performance was over, all the performers and participants in the military parade broke into enthusiastic cheers of 'hurrah!'", state run KCNA news agency said.