The United States will enhance its military presence in the Asia Pacific region amid growing threat emanating from North Korea, US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday.
"We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable".
North Korea skipped provocative acts on the founder's birthday, but there is still the possibility of a nuclear or missile test around the 85th anniversary of the KPA's founding which falls on April 25.
The singing was followed by footage of its test-firing of a missile in February which, in the video, was joined by other missiles shooting into the sky, passing over the Pacific and hitting several targets in the United States in giant balls of flames.
Trump prides himself on giving dismissive nicknames to opponents, but Colbert noted he has repeatedly called North Korea's leader "this gentleman" in interviews.
And while we have yet to authenticate that ourselves, we can confirm that North Korea really, really wants any excuse to thumb its nose at worldwide diplomacy and literally destroy our way of life. "Japan you are our friend, you are our ally", said Pence.
Dr Go Myong Hyun of the Asan Institute of Policy Studies said the new South Korean president, who will be elected on May 9, will be under pressure to rebalance trade with the US.
"I wouldn't describe relations between North Korea and the Obama administration as an era of strategic patience, because the United States greatly restricted North Korea's ability to develop the industries that could promote the nuclear or energy sectors".More news: What Does Russia Want From Donald Trump?
"We will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response", the Vice President said, to applause from the hundreds of United States and Japanese soldiers gathered on the deck.
US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened North Korea with an "overwhelming" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned the USA against taking unilateral military action in North Korea on Monday at a press conference in Moscow.
From two continents, Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that the USA was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
McMaster cited Trump's recent decision to order missile strikes in Syria after a chemical attack blamed on the Assad government, as a sign that the president "is clearly comfortable making tough decisions".
"And this time, it isn't North Korea with an erratic, trigger-happy leader".
The Trump administration is hoping that China will help rein in North Korea in exchange for other considerations.
But time and again, the regime had answered the overtures with "willful deception, with broken promises, and nuclear and missile tests", he said.