Japanese prime minister applauds Trump's missile attack

After World War II, North Korea's communist founder, Kim's grandfather, misread official Washington statements to mean the peninsula was outside America's sphere of interest.

Tillerson insisted that Xi was not rattled by Trump's decision: "President Xi expressed an appreciation for the president letting him know and providing the rationale and said, as it was told to me, he understood that such a response is necessary when people are killing children".

The possibility of U.S. military action against North Korea in response to such tests gained traction following last week's strikes against Syria.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted in an interview broadcast Sunday that the United States does not intend to try to remove the regime of Kim Jong-Un.

"There's no need to be anxious much", ministry spokesperson Lee Duck-hang said at a Monday briefing.

"China's position on the Korean Peninsula issue has been consistent", she said.

"President Trump and Prime Minister Abe also agreed to further cooperation on a range of regional issues, including the threat posed by North Korea".

US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a military airfield in Syria during Trump's Thursday night dinner with Xi at Mar-a-Lago.

Hua reiterated this approach at Monday's briefing.

Sunday's Abe-Trump conversation also comes as a U.S. Navy carrier group headed to the Korean Peninsula amid signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a sixth nuclear test.

South Korea's top nuclear envoy Kim Hong-kyun made the comment after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei, as the USA sent a naval strike group to the region in a show of force.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

The South's deployment of a controversial U.S. missile defence system loathed by Beijing will also be high on Wu's agenda, Yonhap news agency said. "I'm not advocating pre-emptive war, nor do I think that the deployment of nuclear weapons buys more for us than it costs", but he stressed that the USA was dealing with a "war today" situation.

"The number-one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability".

"The US has always had all the options on the table from a preventive strike to preemptive strike to negotiations", said James Kim, an analyst at Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies. There has been much speculation that Pyongyang will test missiles or possibly a nuclear device to mark the day. "I think that in North Korea, it's an enormous unknown".

A TV screen in a rail station in Seoul shows footage of a North Korean missile launch, April 5, 2017. There were conflicting accounts about how far it flew.

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"And so the whole reasons underlying the development of a nuclear program in North Korea are simply not credible", he said.

Analysts said the movement of the U.S. warships was likely defensive in nature.

"It has been a typical tactic of the U.S.to send a strong political message by attacking other countries using advanced warplanes and cruise missiles", an article published late Saturday by Xinhua News Agency stated.

He said they aren't carrying the weaponry needed for a strike against Pyongyang's nuclear program, something analysts consider highly unlikely.

"In order for that to happen, North Korea's posture has to change before there's any basis for dialogue or discussions", Tillerson said.

  • Leroy Wright