North Korea nuclear programme in 'new phase': IAEA

Earlier this month, shortly after its launch of ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, North Korea resorted to its typical belligerent language and warned it would "reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people's happiness in case the USA and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory" of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "sent a very clear signal that our policy of strategic patience is over" with North Korea during his recent visit to China, a White House spokesman said on Monday.

White house gave North Korea chilling war warning saying that United States is "out of patience" because of Kim's recent nuclear actions.

North Korea said Monday it is not frightened by US threats of possible pre-emptive military action to halt its nuclear and missile buildup.

On Monday, North Korean KCNA news agency cited an anonymous Foreign Ministry official who said Washington must accept that Pyongyang is a nuclear-capable power that "has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the USA would like to ignite".

"North Korea is behaving very badly".

Experts say it could have a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US mainland within a few years.

That could mean striking at North Korea's facilities for launching or producing ballistic missiles or its nuclear facilities.

The video features images taken from North Korean ballistic missile launches as well as snaps of South Korean and American military exercises.

Tillerson's warnings come at a time of heightened tensions in the region following North Korea's repeated missile tests and the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the volatile leader.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed over Twitter his dissatisfaction at North Korea's increasing provocations and has repeatedly blamed China for not doing enough to rein in the North's nuclear ambitions. Additionally, Tillerson has also warned China - a North Korean ally - of "secondary sanctions" on Chinese banks and companies dealing with the reclusive country.

It's yet unclear whether or not the Trump administration is willing to compromise and make concessions to freeze North Korea's nuclear program. Yun flew into Seoul from Beijing on Monday night for a four-day visit.

The test measured the thrust power in the combustion chamber, the structural safety and reliability of the engine, and the movement of the turbine pump, the Korean Central News Agency said.

So what pre-emptive military steps could the United States carry out to in North Korea?

  • Salvatore Jensen