North Korea accuses U.S. of creating situation for nuclear war

  • North Korea accuses U.S. of creating situation for nuclear war

North Korea accuses U.S. of creating situation for nuclear war

Abe told Pence of Japan's appreciation for U.S. President Donald Trump's stance that all options, including military action, are "on the table" to pressure North Korea to cease its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development efforts.

From two continents, Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that the USA was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea used Chinese-made trucks to show rockets at a massive military parade last week, as per the photos released by state media, highlighting the difficulty in implementing United Nations sanctions against the state.

The US Pacific Command confirmed the failed test had taken place on Saturday (16 April), with officials saying a missile had exploded within seconds of the launch.

Earlier, US Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the US, adding his country's "era of strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol ratcheted up the rhetoric in an interview with the BBC.

An "all-out war" would be the result of the continuing military tensions with the U.S. and warned North America about being "reckless enough to use military means".

The missiles, three of which landed within 200 miles of Japan's coastline in its exclusive economic zone, were fired as part of a drill targeting American military assets in Japan by North Korea's Hwasong artillery units, North Korean state media KCNA said.

Han reiterated North Korea's position that it would react with a "nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method" should the US plan a military attack on the country.

The United States wants "stronger and more balanced bilateral trade relationships" with countries including Japan and South Korea, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday, raising the prospect of opening bilateral talks with Tokyo and reviewing a deal already struck with Seoul.

"We have to have China's help in that", he said, because China is the biggest power in the region and has the most contact with the otherwise isolated North Korea, providing resources.

He said that an "all-out war" would result if the USA took military action.

And with Seoul and its 10 million residents just 35 miles south of the border - well within North Korea's artillery range - any eruption of hostilities could have devastating human and economic costs.

It featured a senior official, Choe Ryong Hae, warning of "all-out war" if North Korea is attacked.

"We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan", Pence said.

He also said, "We are with you 100 percent", adding that the USA always seeks peace.

"It is important for China to recognise it is not in its interest to seek to appease North Korea and China has leverage over North Korea that is unique and possibly decisive", Ms Bishop said. Just a few days ago, Beijing condemned USA plans to deploy a new missile system in South Korea.

The probability of Aegis interceptors missing a North Korean target would be embarrassing for the U.S. and embolden Pyongyang. USA officials believe that this factor also complicates the shoot-down strategy.

The US has also diverted a US Navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula as a show of force shortly before the missile strike. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said tensions need to be eased on the Korean Peninsula to bring the escalating dispute to a peaceful resolution. "The rest of the North Koreans will have a miserable life, but the ruling class will continue to be OK", Hoekstra said.