Pence warns NKorea 'era of strategic patience is over'

While Russia condemns the "brinkmanship" of the ballistic missile tests by the isolated Communist state in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, this doesn't justify breaking worldwide law, Lavrov said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the United States stands "100 percent" behind its anchor ally in Asia in working to defuse risks from North Korea's nuclear program.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and beat any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence said to loud applause, reiterating that all options are on the table in dealing with Pyongyang.

"(U.S. President Donald) Trump only listens to himself and he keeps changing his mind". "And so we have to understand what each country's strategic interest is and try to play that to our best advantage". You read (Bill) Clinton's book and he said "Oh, we made such a great peace deal" and it was a joke.

During his visit to South Korea, at the outset of his 10-day trip to Asia, Pence's attention mostly was directed at the North Korean situation.

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

Mattis did not identify the type of missile but said it was not of intercontinental range, meaning it could not reach US territory.

As David Wright noted in his excellent analysis, the April 5 test's failure, if it was indeed a Scud, could just be a reminder of "how uncertain the missile business can be". USA strike jets would have to operate inside this narrow "kill box" while dodging anti-aircraft and missile fire.

At a time when South Korea developed socially and economically, and has become among the top countries industrially and technologically, its neighbor on the Korean Peninsula lives in debilitating poverty and under the control of a self-obsessed ruler who spends all the state's revenues on his ambitions to enhance military force. But no one was predicting what might come next. "This is something President Trump is going to deal with in the first year". He had already began to dial back the Trumpomania and start criticizing the US president.

The unannounced trip allowed the vice president, whose father fought in the Korean War, to look at North Korean soldiers from afar and gaze directly across a border marked by razor wire. Russian Federation maintains close ties to North Korea, with which it shares a border, but isn't an ally to the regime like China.

The president, administration officials and certain congressional leaders have continued to encourage China to pressure Pyongyang to abandon its aggressive pursuit of long-range missiles and high-yield nuclear weapons.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters he hopes "there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria and that the USA will follow the line that President Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign".

The vast numbers of troops make it almost impossible to invade and take over the North, but that does not mean they have the capability to overrun South Korea.

"The US is disturbing global peace and stability and insisting on the gangster-like logic that its invasion of a sovereign state is "decisive, just and proportionate" and contributes to "defending" the worldwide order in its bid to apply it to the Korean peninsula as well", the ambassador said.

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