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It blew up nearly immediately.

The US would work with China to reduce tensions, Mr Mattis added. He spoke after heated rhetoric from both sides.

(File) Trump interacts with Xi at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, US, on April 6, 2017.

Meanwhile a report in the Guardian newspaper quoted unnamed officials as saying the U.S. was considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength.

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Han told the BBC in an interview, threatening "all-out war" if the United States took any action against it.

Little hope is held for reviving the motion against North Korea - one diplomat said it was unlikely the Security Council would be able to resolve differences on the statement.

"We are conducting a practical and more intensive exercise than ever", South Korean pilot Colonel Lee Bum-chul told reporters.

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The also taking action to deter North Korea.

The US appeared to be following the same policy in Asia, declining to get too involved in conflicts such as in the South China Sea.

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Asked by CBS News if she considers ballistic missile tests to be a provocation, she said the USA evaluates North Korean action based on whether the country "violates Security Council resolutions, so they definitely have done that".

"It is a situation where a lot of exercise equipment is amassed in North Korea and also a lot of strategic assets are situated on the Korean peninsula because of the South Korea-U.S. military drills", Lee told a briefing.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley separately stressed that the onus was on North Korea to prevent an escalation.

The failed launch came a day after the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founding father, Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather.

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The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe continuing large-scale US and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

But John Schilling from the 38 North monitoring group said the failure was indicative of the test of a new and hitherto unknown system being developed by Kim Jong-Un's regime.

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And what about other world powers?

China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it is seriously concerned by North Korea's promise of further missile tests and warning of war.

The US defence officials said that the defence actions will involve test-firing a standard missile off a Navy ship in May.

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