Pence lands in South Korea after North’s failed launch

April 17 06:09 2017

Pyongyang showed off two new intercontinental ballistic missile-sized canisters as well displaying its submarine-launched ballistic missile and a land-based version of the same for the first time, according to analysts.

Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said Pyongyang has determined the Trump administration is “more vicious and more aggressive” than that of Barack Obama.

US President Donald Trump’s administration declined to name any major trading partner as a currency manipulator in a highly anticipated report on Friday, backing away from a key Trump campaign promise to slap such a label on China.

He earlier travelled to the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two Koreas, which technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean war ended in a truce and not a peace treaty.

Along with the deployment of the Naval aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of USA and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were also deployed last month in their biggest-ever joint military exercises.

North Korea made a failed attempt to launch a missile as tensions rise between the United States and the Communist nation. Pyongyang recently tested a ballistic missile and claims it is close to perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead that could attack the US mainland. “At a time and at a place where the headquarters deems necessary, it will take place”.

Pyongyang has carried out five nuclear tests – two of them past year – and multiple missile launches. The shorter range ballistic missiles displayed Saturday, meanwhile, are a threat to countries in the Asian region. “If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!” he tweeted Thursday.

Washington and Seoul will try hard to figure out what exactly North Korea fired. “Show restraint” is not the sort of language President Trump tweets.

On a visit to the border between North and South Korea earlier in the day, Pence reiterated that the US “era of strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over.

No US coal was shipped to China between late 2014 and 2016, but 400,000 tons had been shipped there from the United States by late February, Reuters reported. On Thursday, the US 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.

President Donald Trump was uncharacteristically quiet about the failed launch, which was attempted from the east coast city of Sinpo. “We have a very big problem in North Korea”.

Recent satellite images suggest its main nuclear site is “primed and ready”, according to specialist USA website 38North, and White House officials say military options are already being assessed.

McMaster said it should make clear to the North Korean regime that it is in their best interest to stop the development of these weapons, to stop the development of these missiles, and to denuclearise the peninsula. But the United States will respond to North Korea’s threats accordingly and won’t engage Pyongyang until it “chooses a more peaceful way forward”. Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have been preparing for.

Certainly, the military hardware paraded through Pyongyang on Saturday shows that leader Kim Jong Un is unrelenting in his quest to develop a missile capable of reaching the United States.

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“I think that what happened is that the Chinese were stunned”.

China issued a stern warning Friday that a conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment”, as Pyongyang vowed a “merciless” response to any United States military action. “We will take all the actions we have, regardless of whether the USA provokes us with full-scale war or nuclear war”. Whatever comes from the USA, we will cope with it.

“One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment”, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said.

“It uses caterpillar treads which means it can go off road more easily, which mean they can hide them more easily”, Hanham said. “However, North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them”, Hanham said.

North Koreans offer flowers in front of a mural of late leaders Kim Il Sung left and Kim Jong Il on Friday

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