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While Defense Secretary Jim Mattis denounced North Korea's weapons test as he began a Mideast tour, Vice President Mike Pence offered support to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo amid a trip dominated by concerns about the rogue state's nuclear intentions. "Our president will take action that is in the best interest of the American people", he explained.

McMaster said it is the consensus of the United States, along with allies in the region, that "this problem is coming to a head".

The members of Congress pointed to China's diplomatic and economic ties to North Korea as a key lever for minimizing the threat posed by North Korea. If they want to mention this they ought to do this as a message or whatever, it has no sense to talk about this", he told Reuters, in English."Because what is sense is to see whether the U.S.is really serious in finding solutions, whether in Syria or Korea.

That's a marked departure from the Obama administration's policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea.

The Trump administration has touted some successes on that front in the past week, including the suspension of coal shipments from North Korea to China. He added that the North Korean leader's unpredictability complicated US strategy.

"[North Korea] is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the USA", the country's deputy United Nations ambassador, Kim In Ryong. said Monday in Panmunjom, according to The Associated Press. But at the same time, McMaster said on "This Week" on ABC that "it's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully". McMaster said that the USA will "undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully".

The General Staff noted that, American military bases in the Pacific, Guam, the island of Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. troops in Japan, as well as the U.S. mainland, are all within reach of North Korea's strategic missiles. And North Korea is already threatening to strike back, citing Trump's "reckless" aggression.

For decades, U.S. officials have made clear to their Chinese counterparts that the USA won't barter economic or other foreign policy issues in exchange for support on the North Korean issue - sending the signal that the United States position on the issue was in the interests of global stability.

While it remains unclear whether Trump's comments mesh with the administration's more fleshed-out policy, they have drawn raised eyebrows from former White House officials, who are sounding the alarm.

A senior White House official insisted Trump was not offering a "specific quid pro quo" to the Chinese, but rather signaling to China that cooperation on North Korea would help create a more beneficial US-China relationship.

For years Trump said that China was "eating our lunch", and he peppered his campaign rallies with promises to label China a currency manipulator as one of his first acts.

Trump tweeted Sunday: "Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?" He further stated, "I don't see any upside to it because the idea that we would use a nuclear weapon even against North Korea is highly unlikely".

The White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence told reporters that the type of missile that North Korea tried to fire on Sunday was medium-range, and that it exploded about 4 to 5 seconds after it was launched. During the parade, the North showed off a few intercontinental ballistic missile models, potentially moving the regime a step closer to its goal of developing an ICBM that can deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental U.S.

Syria's ambassador to North Korea denounced USA aggression and "history of interventions" on Monday and said sending a "message" to North Korea with an attack on a Syrian airfield was irresponsible.North Korea has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions and has said it has developed a missile that can strike the US mainland. Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.