North Korea mock-up video shows missiles blowing up the United States

Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday: NORTH KOREA North Korean state media warns the United States of a "super-mighty pre-emptive strike" after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program.

"It's a clear fact acknowledged by the global community that, for thousands of years in history, Korea has never been part of China", foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said at a briefing in Seoul on Thursday, Bloomberg reported. That approach has failed in the past because China has long seen any potential solutions as worse for its security than the status quo.

North Korea's state media has threatened to turn the U.S. mainland into "ashes" with its "super-mighty preemptive strike" as the nuclear stand-off between Washington and the reclusive state continues.

The current leader, Kim Jong-un, has been running the country since the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011. In a new propaganda video, North Korean missiles are seen hitting USA cities.

Not as much as it used to. Although diplomatic exchanges between the two sides continue, neither Xi nor Kim has visited the other's capital.

The vice-president said the USA would honour its alliance with Pacific Rim nations and protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory.

In addition to the Carl Vinson strike group, which had already been directed toward the area, the Pentagon has sent the Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz toward the Sea of Japan as part of a larger show of force following North Korea's missile tests, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

China's desire to keep US forces off its border was a key reason for its intervention in the Korean War, which ended in the current stalemate more than six decades ago.

By using China's cooperation, Trump has moved away from US's past policies which didn't barter economic or foreign policies with China in exchange for support on North Korea.

China could ratchet up economic pressure to coerce Pyongyang into agreeing to USA terms for talks.

Russian Federation used its veto power to derail an American move to in the United Nations to condemned North Korea's latest missile test.

"You look at different things over the years with President Obama". Kim must also consider the fate of Libyan leader Moammar Al-Qaddafi, who abandoned his weapons of mass destruction in 2003 only to be toppled and killed in a USA -backed uprising less than a decade later.

  • Larry Hoffman