Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference yesterday that the government was always collecting and analysing information about North Korea but refrained from giving details. Earlier this week, in a show of force, the military sent aircraft carrier Carl Vinson toward the Korean peninsula.
A day before a US summit between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, North Korea conducted a missile test, further provoking Washington and South Korea. It's North Korea's most important holiday and a large-scale military parade is expected. The administration's immediate emphasis, the officials said, will be on increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of Beijing.
The vice president is on trip to South Korea, the first stop on his Asia visit. "We're going to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Korea's efforts to advance its ballistic missile and its nuclear program", the adviser said.
The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.
While Pence will discuss regional security at other stops in Japan, Indonesia and Australia, he will also focus on trade and economic issues, and meet with business leaders throughout the trip.
North Korea launched a long-range rocket and conducted two nuclear tests previous year, including its most powerful to date, and there have been a slew of shorter range missile firings.
Gordon Chang, Daily Beast columnist and author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea takes on the World", joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discu... He said Pence will try to balance reassurance with a willingness to respond if North Korea acts.
North Korea's goal is a long-range nuclear missile that can strike the continental United States. Analysts have said commercial satellite images from recent weeks indicate increased activity around the nuclear test site in northern North Korea.
China's official Xinhua News Agency says China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula in a phone call Sunday amid escalating tensions in the region.