North Korea fires ballistic missile into its eastern waters

Asked if he would consider a "grand bargain" in which China pressured Pyongyang in return for a guarantee the United States would later remove troops from the Korean peninsula, the newspaper quoted Mr Trump as saying: "Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will".

Although the option of pre-emptive military strikes on North Korea is not off the table, the review prioritizes less-risky steps and "de-emphasizes direct military action", the official added, saying it was not immediately known if the National Security Council recommendations had made their way to Trump.

Today, April 4, on NBC News, a North Korean defector warned the US and allies that the "world should be ready" to deal with Kim Jong Un.

That is a much shorter distance than other North Korean missiles flew in their recent test-launches.

"Initial assessments indicate the type of missile was a KN-15 medium range ballistic missile", it said. North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast on Wednesday, April 5, South Korean officials said, in a continuation of its weapons launches made as the country is angrily reacting to annual military drills between USA and South Korean troops.

TRUMP: "China has great influence over North Korea".

The latest missile test came amid concerns that the North may carry out another nuclear test or long-range missile launch.

On Friday, Ross said the USA was "about the least protectionist" and China is "one of the most protectionist" of major countries.

North Korea fired a projectile into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, on Wednesday morning, US and South Korean officials said. If Beijing were to aggressively clamp down on all its trade with Pyongyang, North Korea would certainly feel the pain - and possibly collapse.

North Korea has conducted five underground nuclear tests.

Beijing, increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile activities, has announced a suspension of all coal imports from the North until the end of the year.

Did North Korea really want to steal the show ahead of the Trump-Xi summit?

U.S. Pacific Command said the missile "did not pose a threat to North America".

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the North's missile launch was "extremely problematic" and Tokyo has lodged a strong protest against its nuclear-armed neighbour.

"Look, can we change the way North Korea thinks? No".

If the launch doesn't have any political or diplomatic meaning, it could just be part of its bigger goal to build up a nuclear and missile arsenal.

North Korea's provocative missile launch Wednesday - barely 48 hours before the summit starts - will only accentuate differences over whether to confront or contain that recalcitrant regime. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced in March that the American policy of strategic patience - waiting patiently for China to help resolve the nuclear problem - is over.

Trump's comments on trade and other issues "portend some hard bargaining", Dreyer said.

Compounding matters, April is an important month in the North Korean calendar, and the regime likes to mark important dates with fireworks - both with firework displays in the center of Pyongyang and with missile flares.

North Korea often responds to the drills with its own military training and harsh rhetoric.

  • Leroy Wright