Kim Jong-Un threatens to reduce the USA 'to ashes'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 6:11
The U.S. military is not the only nation concerned about North Korea's pending nuke test. Dave Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, said in the statement, referring to an air field in Wonsan.
North Korea launched another missile Wednesday, but this launch ended in failure, exploding shortly after lifting off.
A North Korean missile launch failed on Wednesday, with the rocket exploding within seconds, the USA military said, the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests to rattle its neighbors and raise tension in the region.
If North Korea completes the miniaturization of nuclear warheads and mounts the weapon on an intercontinental ballistic missile, it will have a weapons capable of striking the USA mainland.
The United States is looking forward to the first meeting between and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, said Sunday, on the final day of a swing through Asia dominated by concerns over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
South Korean military officials also believe that North Korea is likely to fire an intermediate-range ballistic missile or conduct its sixth nuclear test to commemorate the 105th birth anniversary of the North's founder Kim Il Sung on April 15.
Since the start of 2016, North Korea has defied United Nations resolutions by conducting two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches.
An analyst for BBC says North Korea likely hasn't developed the heat-resistant materials needed for long-range ballistic missiles.
"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table", the top usa diplomat said in a comment widely interpreted to refer to the possibility of pre-emptive military force.
U.S. officials stressed however that tougher sanctions will be the likely response for the time being, and a senior USA official said on Monday the Trump administration was considering these as part of a broad review of North Korea policy.
And on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer described the North Korean threat as "grave and escalating", and a National Security Council official told a nuclear conference that the administration is conducting a high-priority review of North Korea policy.
The launch and engine test are in grave violation of DPRKs worldwide obligations under [numerous] UN Security Council resolutions, said the 15-member Security Council in a statement on Thursday.
Earlier this month, the North successfully fired four missiles simultaneously in Japan's direction.
"There is no country in the world where an army, which is responsible for national defense, stages military drills caring about the approval of the United Nations and the provisions of worldwide conventions", the North's state-run newspaper said in response.
North Korea has been stepping up the pace of its missile tests, raising tensions across the continent. "If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table", he said.
North Korea responded to Tillerson's visit by saying it's not afraid of his stance and the USA needs to understand its pursuit of a nuclear deterrent, according to KCNA.