Trump 'ready to resolve North Korea issue one way or another'

Claudine Rigal
Mai 4, 2017

A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch on Saturday, South Korea, and the United States said.

The missile blew up over land in North Korean territory, said US Navy Cmdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command, said.

President Donald Trump says he isn't ruling out military action against North Korea but has also expressed openness to a future meeting with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, offering unusual praise for the third-generation dictator amid the nuclear tensions.

"When you have North Korea, and you have them flagrantly talking about developing nuclear warheads, which they have already done, and putting out videos of how they're going to launch these things to the U.S. and across the globe, that has to remain at the highest level", Priebus said.

"Today Australia and the United States continue to work with our allies to address new security threats around the world", Turnbull said.

"All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table", Tillerson said.

"There's a callousness towards America's own friends and allies in the region when he bluffs about military strikes and war that's already taking a toll (on) America's reputation", he said.

The launch was swiftly condemned by South Korean and Japanese leaders.

The system has also generated controversy in South Korea.

"It demonstrates once again the regime's belligerence and recklessness of categorically disobeying the global community's resolve to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea", the foreign ministry said.

An embassy official said Mike Pompeo and his wife were in the South Korean capital on Monday, but wouldn't say for how long. "Our military is maintaining a thorough defense posture while keeping a close eye on the possibility of North Korea's further provocations". "Indeed, North Korea has repeatedly claimed it plans to conduct such a strike". When completed, it will consist of six truck-mounted launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptors toward incoming missiles detected by the system's x-band radar. All trains stopped running for 10 minutes, then resumed service after it was confirmed the launch had no impact on Japan's safety. About 13,000 people were affected by the suspension.

It was likely a medium-range KN-17 ballistic missile and broke up minutes after launch, the Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified US official.

Some observers suspect that the missile may have been a KN-17, a new type of single-stage, liquid-fueled Scud with suspected anti-ship capabilities.

The type of missile used in Friday's test has yet to be officially determined.

There has been no announcement on North Korean state television, CNN's Will Ripley in Pyongyang reported. "The President has been briefed", the White House explained in a statement.

"They've had like four or five different North Korea policies in the last few weeks".

The US has looked to China, North Korea's biggest ally to interject in the situation.

"I don't know. I mean, we'll see", he said. "And he takes those lessons learned and just churns them right over into the next one".

The missile test was a failure according to US and South Korean officials, reportedly disintegrating over North Korean airspace just minutes after launch.

But "there is a reason to be concerned" about North Korea's missile tests, she added.

"And it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland", he added.

Washington is hopeful the Chinese can help. The North conducted two nuclear tests a year ago alone, which experts say would have improved its knowledge for making nuclear warheads small enough to fit on missiles, and has been speeding up its development of new missiles, including solid-fuel rockets that can be fired from mobile launchers on land and from submarines. This was not a nuclear test, which he was expected to do three days ago. But China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi countered that it was not exclusively his country's responsibility to contain North Korea.

North Korea on Saturday said it is developing nuclear weapons for self-defense and as a deterrent to the United States, according to an unofficial translation of a statement released by an official in Pyongyang's mission to the UN. The missile test came just as Japan started a series of holidays known as Golden Week.

"I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid". "But Pyongyang may still harbor the illusion that the Security Council will only take limited action and that it can disregard and ridicule the authority of the United Nations".

Italian UN ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, who heads the UN committee that could sanction North Korea, said he hoped Pyongyang would "refrain from any other further escalation".

The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system, or THAAD, is controversial in South Korea, and presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in has vowed to reconsider the deployment if he wins the May 9 election.

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