North Korean mock-up birthday video shows missiles blowing up US

On Sunday, as part of celebrations to mark the birthday of late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, state television aired a concert which included a video showing the U.S. engulfed in flames.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that Washington would work with its allies and China to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea but added that America would defeat any attack with an "overwhelming response".

On Tuesday, Pence reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the USA stands "100 percent" behind Japan in working to reign in North Korea's nuclear program, after arriving in Japan from South Korea.

During Saturday's military parade it displayed what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Tension has been building on the peninsula in recent days, amid warnings that the country's nuclear site is "primed and ready" for another test. Many analysts expected that to occur during Kim Il Sung celebrations.

Ayrault, who was in China last week and whose country has no diplomatic representation in North Korea, said it appeared that Beijing was increasingly anxious by the behaviour of its neighbour.

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The US played its own part in the tensions with surprise bombing action in Syria and Afghanistan, which Pence held up Wednesday as proof of US resolve.

Mattis denounced North Korea's attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters traveling with him to Saudi Arabia, "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said. You protect the Senkakus, we're with you on North Korea.

During his appearance in South Korea, Pence also said previous administrations have practiced "strategic patience" in the region and vowed that the "era of strategic patience is over".

China may be getting fed up with continued nuclear bluster from long-time ally North Korea and tilting toward the United States.

A day earlier in talks with Abe, Pence said the Trump administration remained committed to working together with regional stakeholders to ensure a peaceful Korean Peninsula, stating that Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, South Korea, China and all allies in the region to achieve a peaceable solution and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The US Navy's Carl Vinson strike group - consisting of an aircraft carrier and other warships - is on its way to the Western Pacific, Pacific Command said on Tuesday, following an order from President Donald Trump last week. A senior official at the White House blamed the error on miscommunication.

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