North Korea Defector: Keep Pressure on Kim to Contain Nuclear Ambitions

Last week, Tillerson issued the Trump administration's starkest warning yet to North Korea, saying in Seoul that a military response would be "on the table" if it took action to threaten South Korean and USA forces.

"They are from North Korea and we believe they are involved in the case, and we are looking for them", he told reporters after chairing a meeting on upgrading the police's central computer crime investigation unit at Le Grandeur Palm Resort, Senai.

The test comes after China urged the country to refrain from any nuclear or missile tests and for the USA and South Korea to not hold joint military drills.

The weekend's experiment came as the top USA diplomat wrapped up his trip to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing, having declared Washington would drop the "failed" approach of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang.

The DPRK has launched multiple projectiles in or near the vicinity of the Sohae Satellite Launch Station, where its Saturday and last September tests were held.

The test showed "meaningful" progress, a spokesman for South Korea's Defence Ministry said on Monday, with the firing of a main engine and four auxiliary engines as part of the development of a new rocket booster.

North Korea has admitted that six people died in January when the roof of a mine collapsed, which is considered an unusual admission of a deadly accident in the secretive country.

In a UNSC report, Malaysia Korea Partners Holdings (MKP) was being probed for establishing the International Consortium Bank (ICB) in Pyongyang, via a joint venture.

Expert opinions vary on how advanced the North's missile capabilities are, but most agree it has made significant progress in recent years.

Last week Tillerson, who was in Seoul, said that Washington would consider military action against North Korea if it was provoked.

The US dismisses that claim, saying it believes North Korea is working to develop nuclear warhead missiles that could reach the United States.

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.

He has already accused China of doing too little to help curb Pyongyang's weapons drive.

Japan, which was Tillerson's first stop before traveling to South Korea and China, hosts tens of thousands of USA troops.

North Korea's populace - despite widespread starvation and the soul-crushing effects of a harsh, authoritarian state - is unlikely to soon be in any position to overthrow the government.

  • Leroy Wright