NoKor tests new rocket engine

Mr Trump hit out at the hermit nation's leader as he departed his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida where he spent the weekend.

The US President told reporters on Air Force One that the dictator is "acting very, very badly" after the test was conducted while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was visiting the continent.

North Korea has been referring to the deceased as Kim Chol, the name that appeared in the victim's passport, and has rejected the police findings that VX was used to kill him.

The rocket engine test came hours before Tillerson met Chinese President Xi Jinping, and a day after America's top diplomat warned that all options - including military action - remained on the table when it came to dealing with North Korea.

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

North Korean leader Kim said in January his country was close to test-launching an ICBM.

His tone was more moderate when he spoke alongside Wang on Saturday, saying the countries had agreed to work together to confront North Korea. "We hope all parties including our friends from the United States could size up the situation in a cool-headed and comprehensive fashion and arrive at a wise decision".

The US alleges that these tests have been carried out in violation of the UN Security Council resolution.

Kim Dong-yub, another expert on North Korean affairs who is based in South Korea, also signalled that test shows a worrying progress.

China has also been infuriated by the deployment of an advanced USA anti-missile system in South Korea, which it says will both harm China's own security and do nothing to ease tensions.

He said it would be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur on March 25.

The North has also accused Malaysia of colluding with hostile forces like South Korea and the United States to tarnish the country's image. Russian Federation also opposes the system, for the same reasons.

  • Leroy Wright