South and North Korea face-off...but also come together on the ice

South Korea has tested a long-range ballistic missile capable of reaching anywhere in North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported, a day after its northern neighbor drew condemnation for launching another projectile.

The move came after the reclusive state warned it will retaliate if the global community ramps up sanctions over its latest round of weapons tests.

In a very brief statement, USA diplomatic chief Rex Tillerson said: "North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile".

SOUTH Korea's flag flew in Pyongyang on Friday as the women's football teams of both nations clashed in the first ever competitive football match between the two to be hosted by the north. "We have no further comment".

A day before the two-day summit between the leaders of the world's two most powerful economies, which ended Friday, Pyongyang launched its fourth missile test of the year, in what appeared to be part of an effort to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US mainland.

The two Koreas are technically in conflict after the 1950-53 Korean war ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, and relations have plunged in recent months.

North Korea now has the strength to "wipe out" the United States "in a moment" with an H-bomb, the editorial said.

The UN Security Council said Thursday it "strongly condemned" the latest missile launch, calling it a "grave violation" of the country's worldwide obligations under six of the body's resolutions passed between 2006 and 2016.

The UN Security Council today strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test, calling it a "flagrant and provocative" defiance of UN resolutions.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is hosting China's President Xi Jinping at his Florida resort.

The rapid advancement of the North Korean nuclear program has put the US under increasing pressure in recent months.

Seoul does have a plan to remove Kim in the event of a nuclear attack, but the message from the North suggested the decapitation strike would occur regardless of a provocation.

"A more effective response is what we do, not just what we say", Blinken said.

According to Blinken, negotiation is the only way to resolve the North Korean issue eventually and it should be done "when North Korea is prepared to engage in meaningful, authentic and credible discussions about denuclearization".

"I'm not advocating pre-emptive war, nor do I think that the deployment of nuclear weapons buys more for us than it costs", the official added.

"Amidst an unprecedented pace of North Korean strategic weapons testing, our ability to provide actionable warning continues to diminish", Gen Robinson said in written testimony to senators.

  • Leroy Wright