North Korea accuses USA of creating situation for nuclear war

South Korea is staging a tense election campaign and the public both there and around the region is fearful that either Kim or Trump or both might make good on their warlike rhetoric. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said tensions need to be eased on the Korean Peninsula to bring the escalating dispute there to a peaceful resolution. He visited South Korea earlier and will head to Indonesia after his stop in Japan.

In South Korea and Japan, Pence played down protectionist declarations of "America first" and reaffirmed United States treaty commitments to the security of the two countries as tensions rise over Pyongyang's nuclear program. North Korea will continue to test missiles regularly and any military action against it by the United States would prompt "all-out war", a senior North Korean official tells the BBC.

North Korea could react to a potential U.S. strike by targeting South Korea or Japan, and officials in both countries have been ill at ease with the more bellicose language deployed by President Donald Trump's administration.

North Korea used China-made trucks to display missiles at last Saturday's parade marking the 105th anniversary of founding president Kim Il Sung's birth, underlining the difficulty in enforcing United Nations sanctions against the isolated state.

After meeting with Abe, Pence held talks with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on a new U.S. -Japan "economic dialogue" to be led by the two. They've been suspended since the last round collapsed in 2008 following a failed rocket launch in North Korea.

Pence thanked Abe for his backing of the USA stance on Syria, according to the official.

The highlight of the Six Party era came shortly after Wu took up his position, when the sides reached an agreement for phased denuclearisation of the peninsula in September 2005.

It's unclear if the United States interfered with this specific test, but the tactic is actively being pursued by the U.S. military, according to public statements and Congressional testimony by current and former members of the armed forces. Since then, China has been most vocal in calling for their resumption.

Wang told reporters that although US 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.

McMaster cited Trump's recent decision to order missile strikes in Syria after a chemical attack blamed on the Assad government, as a sign that the president "is clearly comfortable making tough decisions".

At a news conference at the United Nations on Monday, North Korea's permanent representative Ambassador Kim In-ryong, condemned the U.S. missile strikes in Syria, which targeted an air base after a suspected chemical attack by the government.

". We appreciate the challenging time in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocation across the Sea of Japan". They are expected to be joined by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in Tokyo for his own talks with Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko.

"He would do that all the while chain-smoking", the official added.

The decline was sparked by China's ban on tour group packages to South Korea from March 15 onward seemingly in retaliation for Seoul's push to station of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula.