The potential for war is increasing every day but armed conflict is not the only solution, he told a defence forum.
North Korea's first missile test since mid-September came a week after U.S. President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a U.S. list of countries it says support terrorism, allowing it to impose more sanctions. "And whether it's a success or failure isn't as important as understanding that over the years he's been learning from failures, improving, thereby increasing his threat to all of us". A Honolulu-based newspaper said a missile launched in North Korea could reach Hawaii within 20 minutes.
The United Nations Security Council is set to meet later this month to discuss North Korea's nuclear programme after the reclusive country tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching anywhere in the continental U.S. earlier this week.
Bessho emphasised the importance of linking the human rights concerns to the security threats that are impacting the people there, as well as the Korean Peninsula and beyond.
U.S. Air Force aircraft arrived in South Korea on Saturday to participate in a joint aerial drill just a week after North Korea launched a ballistic missile.
I gave this talk about strategic confidence, it's really an element of reclaiming our strategic confidence, is having confidence in what unifies us as Americans.
China and Russian Federation objected to that idea in the latest United Nations sanctions resolution.
Trump is "staging an extremely risky nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula", a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a written statement that also calls Trump a "nuclear demon" and a "disruptor of global peace".
Among the high-ranking officials who are expected to attend the event are US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as other foreign ministers and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
He said that the United States had been "jolted" at the strengthening of North Korea's nuclear force and could attempt to commit "robber-like" provocative acts. "U.N. Security Council measures". The isolated state claimed the intercontinental ballistic missile was its "most powerful" yet, capable of hitting anywhere in the United States with a nuclear warhead.
But analysts remain unconvinced that the North has mastered the technology required to launch and direct a missile, and ensure it survives the hard re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.