Shortly after North Korea’s missile test ended in utter failure, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Seoul, South Korea in a show of top U.S. support for regional allies.
Pence reiterated that patience with North Korea is running thin.
To which North Korea’s Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol responded in an interview with BBC that Kim Jong-Un will run weekly missile tests.
He added, “We will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike of our own” if the U.S. plans an attack on North Korea.
Things are definitely not cooling down, folks.
Here’s more from the BBC…
“We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC’s John Sudworth.
He said that an “all-out war” would result if the US took military action.
Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the US.
He said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea was over.
Mr Pence arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch.
Tensions have been escalating on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US.
Mr Han told the BBC: “If the US is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method.”
North Korea has accelerated its nuclear and missile tests in recent years, despite international condemnation and UN sanctions.
Its aim is to be able to put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach targets around the world, including the US.
US President Donald Trump has said that will not happen, and stepped up pressure on the isolated North.