U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday to begin a 10-day trip to Asia that comes amid turmoil on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's threats to advance its nuclear and defense capabilities, and just after a failed missile launch by the North.
"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol said.
"The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies".
A White House official traveling with Pence said the completion of the THAAD deployment is up to South Korea's next president, as the installation could be hard to complete before the May ninth election, raising speculation about a possible change to the plan.
His visit, full of Cold War symbolism, and his remarks to reporters come amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.
The North has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the USA mainland, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead.
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The regime followed that - according to US and South Korean officials - with an attempted missile test Sunday from the eastern port of Sinpo.
In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking to reporters Monday evening, said he hopes "there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria and that the USA will follow the line that President Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign".
Speaking alongside South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn later, he said North Korea had conducted nuclear and missile tests as the previous USA administration had observed a policy of "strategic patience", but this was now over. And as former Afghan President Hamid Karzai pointed out last week, Afghanistan is not a "testing ground" for the USA military. Washington has been concerned by North Korea's nuclear tests, which Pyongyang believes act as deterrence against a potential invasion by the US or South Korea.
"Once Supreme Commander Kim Jong-un issues the order, they will charge with resolve to thrust a sword through the enemy's heart like lighting", a North Korean broadcaster said.
The risks are great: former Defense Secetary William J. Perry warned that the primary danger is that North Korea "might overplay its hand and provoke a military response from South Korea", which could quickly expand into a larger conventional war, involving the United States and the nearly 30,000 troops based in South Korea. A second USA official said the launch was land-based. "It has been created unsafe situation in which the thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and pose a serious threat to the world's peace and security, to say nothing of those of northeast Asia". The failed launch came a day after tens of thousands of North Korean soldiers goose-stepped in a parade through the capital of Pyongyang that featured missiles and other hardware.
The US Vice-President will leave for Japan on Tuesday. The North conducted two nuclear tests and 24 ballistic missile tests last year, defying six Security Council sanctions resolutions banning any testing, and it has conducted additional missile tests this year including one this past weekend that failed.
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"If the United States dares opt for a military action (.) the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the Americans", Kim told a news conference at UN headquarters in NY.
Meanwhile, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his believe that pressure, not only dialogue, is necessary in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear threat.
Col. Steve Ganyard, an ABC News contributor and former State Department official, said that North Korea cannot afford weekly tests, but that "they will keep up appearances until things quiet down".
The U.S. Army said that the missile exploded nearly immediately after it was launched.
Lavrov said Russian Federation considers the North Korea missile testing unacceptable, but not a signal for other nations to "violate global law in response and use military force".
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