VP Pence praises Indonesia's democratic, tolerant values

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference in Seoul

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference in Seoul South Korea

"North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region", Pence said.

The North, which is intent on developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States, defied global pressure Sunday with a test that failed immediately after launch.

Kim Jong-un, the average window for a North Korean provocation bracketed around all ROK elections is 6.5 days (about 1 week).

After talks with Widodo, Pence said: "Indonesia's tradition of moderate Islam is frankly an inspiration to the world and we commend you and your people".

US Vice-President Mike Pence had said earlier that his country's "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States on Monday of turning the Korean Peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a risky situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment". The country has conducted five nuclear tests and a number of missile launches in contravention of United Nations resolutions over the past few years.

"If the United States is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all out war".

The Trump administration has signaled a more forceful US stance toward North Korea's recent missile tests and threats, including a warning from Trump that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has "gotta behave".

But if Pyongyang is nervous that worldwide sanctions are about to bite, it has not shown it, and senior officials have vowed to continue nuclear and ballistic missile tests. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill" aimed at his country, formally the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

He warned Pyongyang "would do well not to test" the resolve of Mr Trump.

At Saturday's parade to mark the 105th birth anniversary of founding president Kim Il-sung, North Korea displayed six Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) for the first time, towed behind trucks painted in North Korean navy camouflage.

They will serve as the kickoff to the U.S. -Japan economic dialogue that was announced by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February.

Mr Trump has ordered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and several warships to the area to highlight American concern at the situation, as China expressed fears war could erupt "at any moment".

Wang, speaking at a news conference in Beijing, urged all sides to find a peaceful solution.

So Pence struck a stern tone after arriving at a USA naval base from South Korea.

In a rare interview with Hong Kong's Pheonix Television that aired on Friday, Wu conveyed China's position that Washington and Pyongyang should agree to a "dual suspension" of nuclear tests and military drills as a foundation for returning to talks - a stance opposed by both the United States and its ally South Korea.

White House officials said the economic meetings in Tokyo, with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and other officials, are meant to forge a framework for future discussions after the USA withdrew from a Pacific Rim trade pact.

Pence told Abe that the Japan-U.S. alliance is the "cornerstone" of peace and security in Northeast Asia and the Trump administration places a high value on its commitment to the region through the alliance.

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