Tokyo, April 18: The United States on Monday reassured Japan of American commitment to safeguarding them and also warned North Korea not to continue missile and nuclear tests. However, North Korea also said that they are ready to have war with the US and they will conduct more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
US vice President Mike Pence, during a press conference, warned North Korea not to continue missile and nuclear tests. Pence, who is in Japan, also said his country's era of strategic patience with North Korea was over. Pence arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch.
"The era of strategic patience is over and while all options are on the table, President (Donald) Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region and with China to achieve a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" Pence said in Tokyo before lunch with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Pence further assured leaders of an "iron-clad" alliance with the US in the face of the reclusive North, which has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions. "We appreciate the challenging time in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocation across the Sea of Japan. We are with you 100 percent," Pence said.
North Korea's deputy representative to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the United States on Monday of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out any time" and said the North's next nuclear test would take place "at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary".
North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC that missiles would be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".
However, tensions have been escalating on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US. Notably, North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and it showed no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles in Pyongyang.