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Can not be complacent about potential threat of North Korean missiles - United Kingdom minister

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"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", Pence said.

Viewing his adversaries in the distance, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over".

"The time has really come for North Korea to get the message".

He previously visited South Korea, where he emphasized the Trump administration's "resolve" on the North Korean nuclear threat, a theme he revisited in Japan as well.

Pence said he had spoken with Trump and by 2020 some 60% of the United States naval fleet would be in the region and Japan's role will grow.

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Yet the vice president suggested that the message being delivered from the White House was getting through.

Under rainfall, Pence later stood a few meters from the military demarcation line outside Freedom House, gazing at the North Korean soldiers across the border, and then peered at a deforested stretch of North Korea from a lookout post in the hillside.

A senior North Korean official said Monday that the US has created "a unsafe situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any minute".

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Footage of what appeared to be a new intermediate-range ballistic missile being fired and the missile crossing the Pacific and hitting an unidentified city of the US was shown on a giant screen at the performance hall, according to the state-run TV station.

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.

In New York, the North's deputy United Nations ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said that U.S. 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.

"That's a common failure mode for North Korean missiles very early on in their development cycle when they are working out the bugs in the propulsion and guidance system", the weapons expert told Agence France-Presse.

"President Trump is playing a very unsafe game indeed".

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter, said the missile was a Scud variant that the USA calls a KN-17.

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"Some missiles were carried on wheeled TELs, and some others on tracked TELs.be used as TELs to North Korea", Joseph Bermudez, an expert on North Korea military, said during a conference call briefing organized by the website 38 North.

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