Nuclear war 'always' a concern with North Korea


And he also reaffirmed his country's alliance with South Korea.

North Korea could react to a potential U.S. strike by targeting South Korea or Japan, and officials in both countries have been ill at ease with the more bellicose language deployed by President Donald Trump's administration.

On Saturday North Korea carried out a missile launch which the Pentagon said failed, blowing up nearly immediately.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have soared in recent weeks as a series of North Korean missile tests have prompted ever-more severe warnings from Trump's administration.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a new appeal Tuesday for calm on the Korean Peninsula.

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But it's becoming increasingly clear that President Trump might not know the name of North Korea's leader. China itself has spoken out against the North's weapons tests and has supported United Nations sanctions. Previously, they held a video conference back in March when they condemned North Korea for its launch of four ballistic missiles into the East Sea on March 6.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul on Tuesday that the Trump administration will review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the two countries.

The North has warned that its army is on "maximum alert" following Pence's visit on Monday to the heavily militarised border between the two Koreas, where he reiterated Washington's position that "all options are on the table" in dealing with Pyongyang.

North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations Kim In Ryong said DPRK is "ready to react to any mode of war" desired by the U.S. and accuses the USA of using "gangster-like" logic. The vice-president, Mike Pence, visited South Korea recently and declared an end to the "strategic patience" of the Obama administration. The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe ongoing large-scale US and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

"Any kind of action on North Korea will have repercussions on China", our correspondent said.

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North Korea has taken "self-defensive" measures in response to USA threats of military action and these reflect Pyongyang's determination to "counter nukes and ICBM in kind", Kim said, referring to intercontinental ballistic missiles.

A main difference between President Donald Trump's North Korea policy and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, is the potential for using military force, a USA congressman said Tuesday.

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The comments were made alongside South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn on Monday after a visit to the "Demilitarized Zone" located between the north and the south where 28,500 USA troops are stationed. But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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"I hope there's going to be peace, but they've been talking with this gentleman (Kim Jong-un) for a long time".