North Korea has promised "nuclear thunderbolts" and "all-out war", but any conflict between the USA and Kim Jong Un's regime would likely be bloody and result in the near destruction of North Korea, unacceptable civilian losses in South Korea and possibly Japan, and the devastation of U.S. military bases in the region by missile and artillery fire.
US Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul on Tuesday that the Trump administration will review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the two countries.
The loss of USA participation in the TPP was a blow to Japan following strenuous negotiations, especially over opening access wider to its long-protected farm sector. "The time has really come for North Korea to get the message".
"As President Trump has made clear to the world, the era of strategic patience is over".
"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", Pence continued and reassured Japan's leaders that the United States would continue to support them.
Graham also said the U.S.is "on a collision course" with the North.
"The launch failed very early on, so that makes it harder to know exactly what they were trying to do", said Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, on April 17. -South Korean installation, which is just outside the 2.5-mile wide (4 kilometers) DMZ.
The danger of such an attack by the USA is that it could provoke the volatile and unpredictable North Korean regime to launch its own blistering attack on its southern neighbor.
Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump's administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".
Ahead of the "Day of the Sun" on April 15, one of the biggest celebrations in the North Korean calendar, North Korea analysts said satellite images showed Pyongyang was "primed and ready" for a sixth nuclear test.
On the other hand, China believes that the problem in the Korean Peninsula should be resolved in a peaceful manner.
North Korea appears unthreatened by the warning of the United States regarding its nuclear weapons program.
Pence also said that the United States would work with its allies and China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on the North and increase its military presence in the region.
He said the Trump administration's deployment of the Carl Vinson nuclear carrier task group to waters off the Korean Peninsula again "proves the U.S. reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario". During his presidential campaign, Trump also blamed China for unfair trade practices, pledging to label the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office.
Pyongyang's United Nations envoy, Kim In Ryong, told reporters in NY on April 17 that the United States has pushed the Korean peninsula to the "brink of war". He said the US and its allies would deal with the situation "through peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary".
After a two-month policy review, the Trump administration settled on a policy dubbed "maximum pressure and engagement", USA officials said Friday.
Graham said he recommended Trump tell China that if Beijing doesn't stop Pyongyang from building a missile capable of striking America, the U.S.
The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.
Pence arrived in Japan after visiting South Korea and leaves for Indonesia later on Wednesday.
But officials at Pentagon are believed to be unsure how North Korea would respond if United States the shoots down a test missile.
The unannounced visit at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia was a US show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire. In the middle of him talking with North Korea I'm going to hit them with currency manipulation? "They've all been outplayed by this gentleman and we'll see what happens". Trump tweeted on Sunday. "The UN Security Council adopted harsh sanctions against North Korea and condemned its policy", the Russian Federation foreign minister added.