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BBC: Senior North Korean Official Threatens to Conduct Weekly Missile Tests

People walk past a television screen broadcasting live footage of a parade to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung
People walk past a television screen broadcasting live footage of a parade to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung / Getty Images
• April 17, 2017 12:58 pm

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North Korea threatened on Monday to carry out weekly missile tests despite warnings from the Trump administration that ongoing tests could provoke U.S. military action.

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC the regime intends to conduct additional missile tests on a "weekly, monthly, and yearly basis." Han said an "all out war" between Pyongyang and Washington would occur if the U.S. was "reckless enough to use military means."

Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea earlier in the day against testing American resolve, advising the regime to heed the recent U.S. military action in Syria and Afghanistan.

"Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan," Pence said during remarks in South Korea. "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region."

Pence's comments arrived a day after North Korea launched another failed ballistic missile test off of its east coast.

The administration has accelerated the installation of the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile defense system in South Korea amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Published under: Donald Trump, North Korea, South Korea