Cannot be complacent about potential threat of N. Korean missiles -UK minister

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Pointing to the quarter-century since the United States first confronted North Korea over its attempts to build nuclear weapons, the vice president said a period of patience had followed.

Pence told reporters that Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program, a day after the North's failed missile test launch.

"To him, North Korea is a game he has to win to prove might over the Chinese". Pence urged the business community to help "level that playing field" between Korea and the United States.

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

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

In an interview with the BBC on Monday, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol said Pyongyang would continue to test missiles on a "weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

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But John Schilling from the 38 North monitoring group said the failure was indicative of the test of a new and hitherto unknown system being developed by Kim Jong-Un's regime. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".

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The former governor of IN said that USA businesses "continue to face too many barriers to entry, which tilts the playing field against the American workers and American growth".

China made a plea for a return to negotiations.

"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearised Korean Peninsula", he said.

"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.

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"We'll be conducting more missile tests" before confirming they were planning for "all out war" should the USA involve themselves.

"Today we are beginning a process of economic dialogue, the end of which may result in bilateral trade negotiations in the future", Pence told a news conference with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, his counterpart at Tuesday's talks.

The vice president earlier visited a military installation near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders at the joint U.S.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

Pence's visit, full of Cold War symbolism, came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.

The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations.

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