Pence assures Japan America is with its ally '100 percent'

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According to US officials, the missile exploded four to five seconds after being launched from a location near a North Korean submarine base in Sinpo along the country's eastern coast.

"The era of strategic patience is over".

The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe continuing large-scale US and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion. "As the president says, it's time for them to behave", the vice president said on CNN's "New Day".

The unannounced visit at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia was a USA show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

The administration "believes the most productive pathway forward is dialogue among the family of nations that can isolate and pressure North Korea into abandoning permanently and dismantling" its nuclear and missile programmes, he said.

The Pyongyang regime is working overtime to develop a long-range missile capability, one that will enable it to deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental United States.

'President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change.

The Trump administration has signalled a more forceful USA stance toward North Korea's recent missile tests and threats, including a warning from President Trump that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has "gotta behave". When asked: "Any message for North Korea, sir, Kim Jong-Un?"

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol has said any military action against it by the United States will prompt "all-out war". He will aim to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the US will take appropriate steps to defend them against North Korean aggression.

Though Pence stated the Trump wants to resolve the dispute with North Korea by peaceful means, Bloomberg reported that North Korea has indicated that it is not receptive to USA overtures for conciliation.

"It is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well as peaceable settlements of the issue", he said.

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For its part, China made a plea for a return to negotiations. He suggested that USA plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

Late Monday, Pence reiterated in a joint statement alongside South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn that "all options are on the table" and said any use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang would be met with "an overwhelming and effective response".

So Mr Pence struck a stern tone after arriving at a USA naval base from South Korea.

While Japan's trade surplus with the much smaller than China's, Trump has decried the imbalance, especially in auto exports. -South Korean military camp, which is just outside the 2.5-mile (4.02-kilometer)-wide DMZ.

High off of firing missiles at Syria and dropping the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan, the Trump administration is continuing to stir things up with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, usually known as "North Korea" and/or a dictatorial personality cult.

Pence struck a stern tone as he began talks with Abe and other Japanese leaders after arriving at a US naval base from South Korea. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands prior to a luncheon hosted by Abe at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, on April 18, 2017.

Pence's visit came after Pyeongyang's military parade during which the country exhibited what seems to be ballistic missiles.

They also did not discuss during the lunch specific actions they might take if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, the official said, while adding that both sides agreed not to make public the contents of a small-group meeting that took place after their lunch.

"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea", he tweeted last week.

China accounts for an estimated 80 percent of North Korea's foreign trade, along with crucial food and fuel assistance.

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