Pence says United States commitment to South Korea stronger than ever

Kristopher Drake
April 17, 2017

His travels to the Asia-Pacific region come amid indications that North Korea is potentially preparing its sixth nuclear test in a decade or a significant missile launch, such as its first flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Abe expressed concern during a parliamentary panel on national security and diplomacy amid looming concern of another missile or nuclear test by North Korea. A USA aircraft carrier has been dispatched to waters off the Korean Peninsula in a show of force. North Korea, which has inched closer to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the coastal US, commonly engages in military posturing on its founder's birthday.

Meanwhile, ahead of the "Day of the Sun" celebrations set for the next day, North Korea's military threatened a "merciless response" to any provocation from the U.S., according to AFP.

Pence said Sunday at a fellowship dinner at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul that the willingness of military members "to stand firm without fear inspires the nation and inspires the world".

In recent months, a series of top US officials have visited South Korea amid concerns that security cooperation between the allies could slacken in the wake of the March 10 ouster of former President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.

This also comes on the heels of North Korea threatening the United States that it will react "any sign of aggression" from Washington. "The problem will be taken care of".

It wasn't immediately clear what kind of missile was sacked from the city of Sinpo, but the failure will sting in Pyongyang because it comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year- celebrations of the 105th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

The North faced severe sanctions from the UN Security Council for a series of missile launches a year ago, in addition to two nuclear tests. "I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea".

The statement Sunday said it wasn't clear what kind of missile was involved.

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