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Pence land in South Korea after the North’s failed launch

  • FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2017 file photo, Vice-President Mike Pence speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. President Donald Trump has labeled North Korea a “problem” country that will be treated by means of a broad and vague set of options. It may be that his vice-president Mike Pence, to fill in when he arrives in Asia this weekend. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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  • The AMERICAN Vice-President Mike Pence speaks as his wife Karen Pence listens during a dinner with soldiers and family members after Easter Sunday church services on a military base in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, 16 April 2017. Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday to begin a 10-day trip to Asia, that comes to the middle of the turmoil on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea’s threats to advance its nuclear and defense capabilities, and just after a failed rocket launch by the North. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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  • The AMERICAN Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife Karen wave after their arrival at the Osan air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Sunday, 16 April 2017. Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday to begin a 10-day trip to Asia, that comes to the middle of the turmoil on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea’s threats to advance its nuclear and defense capabilities, and just after a failed rocket launch by the North. (Kim Do-hoon/Yonhap via AP)

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SEOUL, South Korea – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday to begin a 10-day trip to Asia, that comes to the middle of the turmoil on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea’s threats to advance its nuclear and defense capabilities, and just after a failed rocket launch by the North.

President Donald Trump’s vice president was in the region, a day after North Korea celebrated the birth anniversary of the country of the late founder with a military parade showing off missiles and military hardware.

A North Korean rocket explodes during launch Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft supercarrier approaches of the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

The vice-president was accompanied by his wife and two adult daughters, and was the laying of a wreath at the Seoul National Cemetery at the beginning of his journey. He was expected to AMERICAN and South Korean troops for the Easter Sunday church services and a dinner later in the day.

Trump has proposed that the U.S. will take a tougher stance against North Korea, told reporters last week: “North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of.” He has repeatedly said that if China, North Korea’s main trading partner, is not prepared to do more to increase the pressure in the North, the U.S. would have to take the matter into their own hands.

Along with the implementation of the Naval aircraft carrier and other ships in the waters off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, thousands of AMERICAN and South Korean troops, tanks and other weapons were also used in the last month in their biggest joint military exercises. That led North Korea to issue routine of threats and attacks on his rivals as they signs of aggression.

Despite the North Korean provocations, US officials have said that the united states does not plan to use military force against North Korea in response to a nuclear test or a rocket launch.

After a two-month evaluation of the policy, the officials settled on a policy called “maximum pressure and involvement, AMERICAN officials said Friday. The administration of the direct focus, the officials said, will be on the increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of Beijing.

The officials were not authorized to speak publicly on the results of the evaluation of the policy and requested anonymity.

Pence will be tasked with explaining the policy in the meetings with the leaders of South Korea and Japan in the beginning of his journey, which includes stops in Indonesia and Australia. He will also seek to reassure allies in South Korea and Japan that the united states will take the necessary steps to defend them against North Korean aggression.

Pence’s first trip to South Korea will carry personal meaning. His late father, Edward, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star on April 15, 1953 — 64 years to the day of the vice-president’s departure to South Korea. Pence gives in his office of his father’s Bronze Star and a photo of his father receiving the honor.

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