North Korea's Kim 'acting very, very badly'

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

Last fall, the USA and South Korean militaries detected at least two failed missile launches by North Korea.

After personally overseeing the test, Mr Kim "emphasized that the world will soon witness the great significance of the epoch-making victory we achieved today", KCNA reported, adding that it marked the birth of the country's rocket industry.

US President Donald Trump slammed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for "acting very, very badly", following Pyongyangs missile activities, a media report said.

The country's official media service, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), said the new high-thrust engine will help North Korea attain a world-class satellite- launching program.

But military analysts believe the test of the new rocket engine would further advance North Korea's goal of being able to create a long-range missile that could reach the United States.

North Korea formally insists the rockets are for its space program. "At the end of the day here, something may have to be done because we can't afford to let a nuclear weapon go off in Seoul or Tokyo or the United States for that matter", he said. "And I think makes it less likely that we'll get the type of cooperation from South Korea or China because they want to understand what our policy is".

Mr Tillerson said the USA did not want a military conflict, but if North Korea took actions that threatened South Korean forces or USA forces, "that would be met with [an] appropriate response".

But Mr Tillerson said that by taking other steps, including sanctions, the USA was hopeful that North Korea could be persuaded to take a different course before it reached that point.

  • Leroy Wright