North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme.
China's foreign ministry has expressed "serious concern" over its ally North Korea's warning of further missile tests and the eventual possibility of nuclear war.
UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea's latest missile test and demanded Pyongyang not conduct any more nuclear tests in a statement that was delayed as the United States and Russian Federation sparred over its language.
Speaking aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay, Mr Pence said the Trump administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. His administration is trying to end Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons and North Korea's active nuclear weapons program by trying to persuade Moscow and Beijing to abandon Syria and North Korea, leading worldwide efforts to isolate these regimes through sanctions, and threatening the use of military action.
In the same press conference, spokesman Lu Kang praised recent United States statements on the North Korean issue. "Let me assure you that under President Trump's leadership, our resolve has never been stronger, our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger, and with your help and God's help, freedom will ever prevail on this peninsula".
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis simultaneously denounced Pyongyang's latest missile launch attempt during his Middle East tour, telling reporters in Saudi Arabia that "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile".
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It's not the first time North Korea has offered up a simulated tale of American destruction.
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North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
Senior North Korean officials responded by accusing the US of bringing the countries to the brink of "thermonuclear war" and vowing to conduct "more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis". It was now heading for the Western Pacific as ordered, it said. "North Korea should stop its anachronistic behavior".
It would also demand an immediate end to the North's nuclear and missile tests, threaten to take "further significant measures" - United Nations code for new sanctions - and state that North Korea's illegal activities "are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond".
The current statement was drafted by the USA - which is presiding over the council for the month of April - and takes a stronger position than previous council statements.