US VP Pence arrives near DMZ after failed N.Korea missile

Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul South Korea Friday

The US Vice President Mike Pence is on his way to South Korea's capital Seoul.

The official said Trump had numerous ways to respond if needed. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the North to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

North Korea has often test-fired missiles to mark major dates such as Saturday's 105th anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder Kim Il-Sung, or as gestures of defiance when top United States officials visit the region.

President Donald Trump was uncharacteristically quiet about the failed launch of a North Korean missile from the country's east coast.

China is urging a return to negotiations over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons after Vice President Mike Pence warned that the USA has lost its patience with the regime. "The president has no further comment", Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in a statement.

US ally South Korea warned against any North Korean "provocation", such as a nuclear or missile test. After arriving in Seoul, the vice president placed a wreath at Seoul National Cemetery and then worshipped with military personnel at an Easter church service at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. Last week, he said he would not declare China a currency manipulator, pulling back from a campaign promise, as he looks for help from Beijing, which is the North's dominant trade partner.

The group brought ships that could shoot down missiles that North Korea has been testing.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says that North Korea has attempted to launch a missile from an eastern coastal city, but the launch appeared to end in failure.

McMaster was speaking hours after United States and South Korean defense officials told CNN that an attempted missile launch by North Korea failed. Pence visited a military base near the Demilitarized Zone, a.

According to multiple media reports and comments by diplomatic sources in Washington on April 16, the Trump administration has completed its North Korean policy under the name of "maximum pressure and engagement", with the approval of all the members of the National Security Council.

With speculation mounting that the North is preparing to conduct a sixth nuclear test, he sent an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula - a pointed gesture in the wake of the recent USA missile strike on Syria.

Analysts warn that even failed missile launches provide valuable knowledge to North Korea as it tries to build its weapons program. And it showed off canisters that seemed in line with what would be required for an intercontinental ballistic missile, which is Washington's greatest concern.

Kim has overseen three nuclear tests and a string of missile and rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.

"It's a failed test - follows another failed test". The failed launch occurred as Pence was flying over the Bering Sea on his way to Seoul, the first stop on a four-nation Asia tour meant to show America's allies - and remind its adversaries - that the Trump administration is not turning its back on the increasingly volatile region.

In Dandong, China's main border post with North Korea, hundreds of North Koreans gathered at a cultural center carrying floral displays.

Sinpo, where the Sunday launch took place, is the site of a North Korean submarine base and where the North has tested the submarine-launched ballistic missile it is developing. His visit comes just after a failed missile launch by the North.

"Beijing should make clear to Pyongyang through diplomatic channels: if the DPRK in spite of the opposition of the global community (carry out a sixth nuclear test), China should cut off the vast majority of their oil supply and China should support the Security Council to pass new sanctions including this measure", the paper said, referring to North Korea by its official title, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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