China, US working on 'North Korea problem'

  • China, US working on 'North Korea problem'

China, US working on 'North Korea problem'

On Monday, the vice president, the highest-ranking official of the Trump administration to visit Seoul, was scheduled to meet South Korea's Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn and National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun.

According to the White House adviser, the test had been expected and the USA had good intelligence both before and after the launch.

South Korea said the combined show of force "threatened the whole world".

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has been briefed by his United States equivalent General James Mattis on American options for dealing with North Korea in recent weeks, The Sunday Times said.

The high-profile failure came as the North tried to showcase its nuclear and missile capabilities around the birth anniversary of the North's late founder and as a US aircraft carrier neared the Korean Peninsula.

The attempted launch occurred a day after the regime of Kim Jong Un showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at a large-scale military parade on its most important holiday, CNN reported.

The statement reportedly added that the president had no further comment at the moment.

There has been no confirmation as yet of the launch attempt from North Korea, according to CNN. The administration's immediate emphasis, the officials said, will be on increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of Beijing. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson earlier urged North Korea to abide by United Nations resolutions and stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons. A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday from the country's east.

Into this tense environment, Pence made his first trip to the region since taking office in January.

That test also failed, as there was "no evidence the missile reached flight", a USA official told CNN.

The failed launch comes a day after North Korea displayed almost 60 missiles at a large military parade to mark the birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung.

During their talks, Hwang and Pence are also expected to discuss the ongoing installation of a US missile defense system on the peninsula.

China, the North's sole major ally, and Russian Federation have both urged restraint, with Beijing's foreign minister Wang Yi warning that "conflict could break out at any moment".

Last year, North Korea carried out two nuclear tests, launched a long-range rocket and fired several shorter range missiles.

Operational submarine-launched devices could give the North the ability to strike without warning from a vessel somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

Mr Trump has put Pyongyang "on notice" over fears the country is developing a weapon that could threaten the US.

Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday to kick off his Asia trip, hours after North Korea launched the missile off its east coast.