The North, which is intent on developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States, defied global pressure Sunday with a test that failed immediately after launch.
"But I would be concerned he would feel the need to react strongly, as he would not want to appear weak", Denmark added.
Addressing some 25-hundred sailors on board the carrier at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo bay, Pence noted the Trump administration will work with allies like Japan and China, . but highlighted readiness is the key.
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He pointed to North Korea's violations of the 1994 Agreed Framework negotiated by the Clinton administration and the violations of the 2005 denuclearization agreement negotiated by the administration of George W. Bush.
"All of those negotiations and discussions failed, miserably", Pence said.
After the announcement, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said it was a "prudent" decision to send the ships to waters off the Korean Peninsula to deter the North. U.S. President Donald Trump also said he's sending an "armada" to Korea.
North Korea's deputy representative to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the United States on Monday of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out an any time" and said the North's next nuclear test would take place "at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary".
"When the president says all options are on the table, all options are on the table", said Pence.
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Pence's advisers told reporters that he hopes to win better US access to Japanese markets and to attract more Japanese investment in the U.S. In fact, there are some similarities. Pressure on North Korea is crucial, he said. "The era of strategic patience is over", Mr Pence said. However, North Korea didn't respond to Wu's request to visit Pyongyang, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", Pence continued and reassured Japan's leaders that the United States would continue to support them.
Pence's visit, full of Cold War symbolism, came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula. Reports say that Sinpo is not only a testing and launch field for missiles but also a port for North Korea's submarine activities.
The DPRK has never begged for peace but is prepared to take tough countermeasures in order to defend itself with its military might and to move down the pathway it has chosen for itself, Kim said adding that Pyongyang was going to bring the U.S. to account for aftermaths of the Americans' actions. "I thought it was important that people on the other side of the DMZ see our resolve in my face". "I don't have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years ..."
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But on the downside, he said, "it would appear the same care is not yet being taken to address the risk from inside the perimeter".