North Korea attempts to launch missile but fails

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2017

Christopher Hill, former US ambassador to the Republic of Korea, told ABC News' Martha Raddatz on "This Week" Sunday that he thinks President Trump "is trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans" with his tough rhetoric.

Pence's remarks at an Easter Service with American troops based in South Korea came after North Korea launched a missile off its east coast.

The vice president is on trip to South Korea, the first stop on his Asia visit.

Sinpo, a port city in eastern North Korea, was also 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.

The White House adviser said Trump and China's President Xi Jinping had discussed a number of steps at their summit this month and "we've seen the Chinese already take some initial steps towards that" - citing the turning back of coal ships from North Korea.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Trump and his military team "are aware of North Korea's most recent unsuccessful missile launch".

We have arrived in South Korea.

On Monday Pence will meet with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn to reinforce the US commitment to its ally in the face of rising tensions over the North's weapons programs, according to his aides.

And the two leading candidates, Moon Jae-in with the Democratic Party and Ahn Cheol-soo with the People's Party, both support direct dialogue with North Korea to reduce tensions, positions that may put them in opposition to US policy. That led North Korea to issue routine threats of attacks on its rivals if they show signs of aggression.

A TV screen shows file footage of North Korea's ballistic missiles, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

There were no further details, and the office said it was analysing the launch.

According to US Pacific Command, the missile launched at 5:21 p.m. There is limited data available about the missile, because it blew up so soon, but a U.S. military official told CNN they believed it did not have intercontinental range.

"Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?"

He called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un "a threat to all people in the region, and globally as well", but cautioned that Trump "is clearly comfortable making tough decisions".

The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked.

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