Pence reiterated the commitment to defend USA allies in the region from North Korea - which he called "the most unsafe and urgent threat to the peace and security of the Asia Pacific" during remarks to US and Japanese troops aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres separately said "everything" must be done to confront the threat from North Korea and ensure that its missile and nuclear programs do not pose an global threat. While Obama's strategic patience doctrine often receives bipartisan criticism, Lavrov questioned the accuracy of the label given previous USA led sanctions against the DPRK.
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The American vice president is on a 10-day trip to Asia that has been dominated by the North Korea issue.
US Vice-President Mike Pence, who has been visiting the region, warned the North not to test Washington and said the US "era of strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over.
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At that event he said that the Trump administration is actively working with its allies in the region - Japan, South Korea and China - to deploy diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to try to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
President Donald Trump in Washington and Pence at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea have signaled a forceful USA stance on North Korea's recent actions.
A ship bell signaled his arrival Wednesday morning on the USS Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base south of Tokyo.
In response to a similar warning made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 17, North Korea's foreign ministry said the country is ready to counter any aggression by the US.
The North held a show of military might in a parade over the weekend and tested another missile on Sunday, which the Pentagon said blew up nearly immediately after launch. The press has started to release opinion pieces suggesting that Beijing take hard-line action should Pyongyang conduct a sixth nuclear test.
"We're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held", Tillerson told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.