What would Korean War II look like?

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Trump's comments were in response to whether or not he would rule out a strike on North Korea, given that Vice-President Mike Pence said recently that the U.S.'s "era of strategic patience is over" with Pyongyang.

On April 17 North Korea's Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC in Pyongyang, that despite worldwide condemnation and growing military tensions with the U.S., North Korea will "be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

The United States and Russian Federation clashed at the United Nations on Wednesday over a US -drafted Security Council statement to condemn North Korea's latest failed ballistic missile test.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have sharply spiked in recent weeks as Washington and Pyongyang have rattled their sabers against each other, with the US sending a massive aircraft carrier strike group to waters off the Korean Peninsula and the North responding with a missile launch attempt, even though it ended in failure.

"While all options are on the table", Pence said, "President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China" to resolve the problem.

North Korea's Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told the BBC that missiles would continue to be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

Similarly, China understands that in North Korea the political and military elites of this nation feel threatened by endless joint war games by America and South Korea.

"The prevailing grave situation proves once again that the DPRK was entirely just when it increased in every way its military capabilities for self-defense and pre-emptive attack with a nuclear force as a pivot", he said.

Abe said Japan likewise hopes for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless".

The Trump administration is focusing its strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, a global ban on its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang.

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

"The problem really isn't the United States versus North Korea", Osgood underlined, adding "the problem is the battle within Washington over control of President Trump's foreign policy". This rhetorical exchange comes on the heels of China cautioning its ally and the United States to refrain from "provoking and threatening each other" and that a "conflict could break out at any moment".

From China's standpoint, a peaceful solution means not only sanctions but a return to talks between the US and North Korea. "I'm not like other administrations where they say we're going to do this in four weeks".

A North Korean defector said Kim Jong Un plans to kidnap Americans if tensions with the US continue to escalate.

Neither the United States nor the South Korean government is able to identify what type of missile was involved. They also agreed that China's role is crucial and that both countries need to press China to fulfill its duty.

As the brown bomber jacket-clad vice president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor.

But any strikes against the North would probably bring the USA into a diplomatic crisis with China, the North's main economic lifeline.

I bring up my service because I fear that with the lunacy of the North Korean leadership, we could be drawn into another conflagration with it.