Pence: North Korea 'provocation' shows the risk to military

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The US military's Pacific Command said North Korea's latest ballistic missile test, early on Sunday from the coastal city of Sinpo, "blew up nearly immediately".

An unidentified rocket is displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

According to the U.S. Pacific Command, a North Korean missile "blew up nearly immediately" as it was launched near the country's submarine base in Sinpo in South Hamgyong Province on the east coast of the country.

That was the site of a ballistic missile test earlier this month, in which the projectile fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

There has been no confirmation as yet of the launch attempt from North Korea, according to CNN.

Sunday on ABC's "This Week", discussing the Kim Jong Un regime's recent uptick in testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile, President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster said Trump would act "in the best interest of the American people" if necessary. A USA aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, is heading to waters off Korea in a show of force.

Trump has repeatedly said he will prevent Pyongyang from developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

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

"North Korea showing a variety of offensive missiles at yesterday's military parade and daring to fire a ballistic missile today is a show of force that threatens the whole world", South Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Beijing has long feared that economic collapse in North Korea would flood China with refugees and leave it to deal with chaos on the Korean peninsula.

The high failure rate of the North's missile tests has prompted speculation that the United States is already doing so. This matters because while North Korea regularly launches short-range missiles, it is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target USA troops in Asia and, eventually, the U.S. mainland.

Pence is due to hold talks with South Korean and Japanese leaders on curbing the North's weapons programs.

Gen. McMaster made clear that USA defense and intelligence agencies are readying a host of options to be presented to the president if requested.

America says it's working with China to respond to the growing crisis over North Korea's nuclear missile programme.

The White House has said Trump has put the North "on notice". -North Korea tensions, on Saturday called for talks leading to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

Pence was beginning a 10-day trip to Asia in what his aides said was a sign of US commitment to its ally in the face of rising tension.