Mattis denounced North Korea's attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters traveling with him to Saudi Arabia, "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said.
From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the USA military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.
Pence declined to comment when asked if the USA used cyberattacks to thwart the North's latest missile launches.
In addition to the Carl Vinson strike group, which had already been directed toward the area, the Pentagon has sent the Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz toward the Sea of Japan as part of a larger show of force following North Korea's missile tests, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. "The precarious situation deserves our attention and concern", Wang said, without directly referring to threats of strong retaliation threatened by US President Donal Trump if North?Korea?resorts to nuclear test. It has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturizing a nuclear warhead.
"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".
U.S. and Japanese troops wait for the arrival of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on the flight deck of U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that China's decision to restrict coal shipments to Pyongyang was "encouraging" and said Beijing "continued to have both economic and political influence" on North Korea.
Pyongyang said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of "all-out war" if the United States takes military action. But it remains unclear what might come next.
The North's propaganda outlet Uriminzokkiri slammed Pence for what it called babbling about sanctions and pressure. But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
"I have noted the recent report".
China made a plea for a return to negotiations.
China is seriously concerned about the latest developments in the nuclear and missile programmes of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.