While Kim Jong-un develops his nuclear warheads, and extends the range of the ballistic missiles to carry them, he is making equally assiduous preparations to defend them against American attack.
"We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region", Pence added. As it was delivered, China's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, warns that the United States and North Korea are set for a "head-on collision" with neither side willing to give way. If they want to mention this they ought to do this as a message or whatever, it has no sense to talk about this", he told Reuters, in English."Because what is sense is to see whether the U.S.is really serious in finding solutions, whether in Syria or Korea. Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site obtained by 38 North, a program devoted to analysis of the country at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, showed activity at the site suggestive of preparations for a nuclear test.
In the meantime, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States 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 Trump administration has touted some successes on that front in the past week, including the suspension of coal shipments from North Korea to China.
Pence on Monday had traveled to the tense zone dividing the two Koreas, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the USA and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".
"What the President is signaling is that Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea is extremely important, and if we can't get good cooperation on this urgent security threat, it'll be more hard to cooperate with China on a host of other areas in our bilateral relationship", the official said. "At a time and at a place where the headquarters deems necessary, it will take place". He added that if China doesn't do its part to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the USA can handle it. Trump wrote, raising the possibility his decision could be reversed.
The General Staff noted that, American military bases in the Pacific, Guam, the island of Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of USA troops in Japan, as well as the United States mainland, are all within reach of North Korea's strategic missiles. The North Korean threat has puzzled leaders for decades, and it continues to do so. "I'm not like other administrations where they say, "We're going to do this in four weeks.' It doesn't work that way".
The network says the USA relationship with China and the president's immigration policy will also be discussed. He further stated, "I don't see any upside to it because the idea that we would use a nuclear weapon even against North Korea is highly unlikely".
Trump's policy toward North Korea is more "vicious and aggressive" than previous administrations, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryo said in an interview with the Associated Press on Friday.
The White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence told reporters that the type of missile that North Korea tried to fire on Sunday was medium-range, and that it exploded about 4 to 5 seconds after it was launched. Trump held a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month and has hoped to use trade as a negotiating tool for Xi's cooperation on North Korea.
Trump himself appeared to reinforce the stern USA message at the White House, replying "Gotta behave" when a CNN reporter asked what message he had for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The White House is signaling that it is leaning on China to help ramp down North Korea, but holding all options open.