Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain raises doubts USA sabotaged North Korean missile launch McCain: North Korea "first real test" for Trump Sunday shows preview: McMaster hits circuit for second straight week MORE (R-Ariz.) dismissed the possibility that the USA hacked North Korea's nuclear missile test, leading to its failed launch.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is visiting a military base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea a day after the North conducted a failed missile launch.
South Korean and United States intelligence officials are trying to determine what type of missile was used Sunday, but initial reports said it could be a medium-range missile, according to a White House foreign policy adviser.
The failure, which is likely to be seen as something of a public embarrassment for the regime, came amid soaring tensions in the region over the North's nuclear weapons ambitions.
On the same program, Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster indicated military force is a last resort. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless".
Pence will be tasked with explaining the policy in meetings with leaders in South Korea and Japan during the trip, which will also include stops in Indonesia and Australia.
Worry about North Korea has also strained ties between China and South Korea because China objects to the deployment of a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in the South.
However, one of the 10 balloons fell in a South Korean apartment complex in Goyang, north of Seoul, at 6:30 a.m., police said, adding the complex was about 20 km away from the Gimpo mountain. China is North Korea's only major ally.
"Additional analysis will be needed", said a military official.
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The North has a habit of test-firing missiles to mark major dates such as Saturday's 105th anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder Kim Il Sung, or as gestures of defiance when top US officials visit the region.
Part of his mission will be to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the US will defend them against North Korean aggression without acting in a way that might tip the region into open conflict.
President Donald Trump have been in contact, aides to the vice president said.
In August past year, a submarine-launched ballistic missile tested from Sinpo flew 500 kilometres (300 miles) towards Japan.
More directly on North Korea, the president returned to a theme of placing much onus on China for reining in the North.
A White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence said no USA response to the missile launch was expected because there was no need for the U.S.to reinforce the failure. "We will see what happens!" She advised patience with China on the issue.
Pence, addressing an Easter service with American troops in South Korea, said the US commitment to South Korea was unwavering.
"Let me assure you that under President Trump's leadership our resolve has never been stronger, our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger and with your help and God's help freedom will ever prevail on this peninsula", he said.
The remarks came with a show of military might, as an aircraft carrier head to waters off the Korean Peninsula. Thousands of USA and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were also deployed last month in their biggest-ever joint military exercises, which prompted North Korea to issue routine threats of attacks on its rival if they show signs of aggression. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time. Last year, Pyongyang attempted to launch a Musudan missile on April 15, an auspicious date on which millions celebrate Kim II Sung's birthday.