KL pursues fresh suspects in Kim Jong Nam's murder

South Korea said on Monday North Korea's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" advancement in engine function.

Statements from dictator Kim Jong-un's government often do not name countries specifically, but in a bid to show he is serious, the foreign ministry said the USA and the South Korean "puppet forces" will be hit before they can "fire even a single bullet" at North Korea.

The President made the remark on Sunday on board Air Force One, as he prepared to return to Washington from a weekend at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, reports Fox News.

Trump said he had "meetings on North Korea", but did not specify with whom or what was discussed.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher USA line on North Korea, reiterating his country's view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks.

Although neither side brought up the subject publicly, Tillerson was expected to raise the prospect of financial penalties on Chinese companies and banks that do business with North Korea.

"I do not deny there are still some North Koreans (not already named) who were involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, and we will use legal channels to get them", Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters in Malacca state.

"It is a departure", Wolfsthal said, because both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush had talked to North Korea until Pyongyang either pulled out of talks (with Obama) or cheated on its treaty obligations (with Bush).

North Korea insists its space program is peaceful and focused on putting scientific satellites into orbit.

Kim assured the "whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries".

This is North Korea's new intermediate-range ballistic missile "Pukguksong-2", launched at Banghyon air base in North Phyongan Province on February 12, 2017.

"But we need more analysis on its exact propulsive power and applicable use", said Lee Jin-Woo. "If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then [the military] option's on the table".

North Korea operates on a military-first principle, which Kim has increasingly shifted towards nuclear and weapons technology, and away from the traditional standing army.

  • Salvatore Jensen