North Korea vows further missile tests: Report

Experts cast doubt on any notions that conflict was imminent, however.

— -- North Korea will conduct "more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," a senior official from the country has told BBC News.

Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol also said that any U.S. military intervention would result in "all out war."

The North Korean officials' comments came hours after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said that the "era of strategic patience" with the North Korean government was over.

Pence was speaking in South Korea shortly after a failed North Korean missile test.

In recent weeks, U.S. Pacific Command instructed the U.S.S. Carl Vinson naval strike group to head to the region in a show of force meant to deter North Korea from conducting further missile or nuclear tests.

Ambassador Kim, North Korea's U.N. representative, said that deploying the U.S. strike group to the region was a "reckless move" and suggested that the U.S. was focused on invading North Korea.

Experts, however, cast doubt on claims that open conflict was imminent.

"I see no indications of an impending military strike as it would require a lot of diplomatic and military ground work that doesn't seem to be underway," Ganyard said.

Robert Kelly, an associate professor of political science at Pusan University in South Korea, speaking on Sunday night, said that the failed missile test was "probably the best possible outcome," because the North Koreans "got to say that they made trouble," while "the Americans were sort of let off the hook of having to find some kind of response."

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