Tillerson shouldn't reject negotiations with North Korea

Neighbours Japan and South Korea are increasingly concerned about Kim's nuclear capabilities, with attack drills held throughout the countries in recent weeks.

The South Korean Defence Ministry said it was still determining what type of missile was launched.

Robert Kelley, a professor of political science and diplomacy at Pusan National University, said Pyongyang often conducts missile tests during the spring military drills carried out by South Korean and USA troops.

In his New Year's address in January, he said that North Korea had "entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of intercontinental ballistic missile". So far, the country has conducted five nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations resolutions, and aerospace expert John Schilling, who monitors North Korea, speculated to Reuters that the recently tested rocket engine may be intended for a new and improved ICBM that is being clandestinely developed.

Photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 7, 2017 shows top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un (unseen) recently supervising a ballistic rocket launching drill of the Korean People's Army (KPA).

There is evidence, according to the report, that North Korea has finished tunnels around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Security experts worry the flurry of launches could indicate new advancements in North Korea's missile programs in tandem with its nuclear weapons program.

It quoted one of the officials as saying as saying the test could come as early as the end of the month. Envoys say Pyongyang will pursue an "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programmes. The shortest distance between North Korea and Alaska is about 3,100 miles.

"US Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt.in the vicinity of Kalma", Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command, said in a statement, referring to an air field on North Korea's east coast.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un oversees the testing of a rocket engine. However, the proposal was rejected by the United States.

Mr Chloe said, "I think this is stemming from the visit by the (US) secretary of state to Japan, South Korea and China".

North Korea has declared it is ready for war with the United States and does not fear possible preemptive military action to halt its nuclear and missile buildup. It's been nearly half a century that North Korea has remained under sanctions.

Tillerson said it was too early to talk about any sort of compromise that could include North Korea pressing pause on its development of missile technology in exchange for a scaling back of the military exercises - though he didn't rule out the possibility.

  • Leroy Wright