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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, meets with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn in Seoul on Monday.   © Reuters

US issues stern warning against North Korean provocations

Pence ramps up rhetoric while further pressuring China to take action

HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL -- As the high-stakes standoff continues between the U.S. and North Korea, American Vice President Mike Pence has ratcheted up the pressure on Pyongyang, warning that that further nuclear or missile testing could trigger a response from Washington.

Pence stressed that "all options are on the table" and "the era of strategic patience is over" in a joint news conference with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn here on Monday.

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