Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

The arrest took place on Saturday morning local time, the university said in a statement, and was "related to an investigation into matters that are not connected in any way to PUST".

Admiral Harris said the system is created to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "to his senses, not to his knees".

China said it would ban coal imports from North Korea for the rest of 2017 in February, although North Korean ships docked at a Chinese port earlier this month, drawing some scrutiny.

The military exercise appeared to be a simulation of an attack on a maritime fleet similar to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive near the Korean peninsula later this week.

"It's real", Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies", it said in a statement. He told reporters: "It helps in no way to achieve the denuclearisation of the peninsula and regional peace and stability".

"I hope so, but it's early days", Harris said.

The Trump administration has said all options, including a military strike, are on the table.

North Korea carried out the large-scale conventional military exercise instead of staging another nuclear test or missile provocation.

"I don't share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the USA ... once they have the capability", Admiral Harris said.

US President Donald Trump's strategy on North Korea aims to pressure Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes by tightening sanctions and Washington is open to negotiations, the Trump administration says. The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly about plans for the closed-doors briefings and requested anonymity. They say it is exclusively aimed at defending against North Korea.

With worldwide support, the Trump administration said Thursday it wants to exert a "burst" of economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea that yields results within months to push the communist government to change course from developing nuclear weapons.

Japan's show of naval force reflects growing concern that North Korea could strike it with nuclear or chemical warheads. USA military vehicle moves past banners opposing a plan to deploy an advanced US missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, as South Korean police officers stand guard in Seongju, South. Harris said the US has "a lot of pre-emptive options", but he declined to provide specifics in an open setting.

Washington is urging Beijing-Pyongyang's sole major ally-to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

The unprecedented meeting in a building adjacent to the White House reflected the increased American alarm over North Korea's progress in developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the USA mainland. The USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine, also made a port call in South Korea on Tuesday.

Seoul's defense ministry said Wednesday's move was aimed at "securing operational capability of the THAAD as soon as possible", with a goal of fully installing the batteries by the end of this year.

Wednesday's convoy of trucks and equipment included some 20 trucks, the Korea Herald reports, adding, "Although covered by plastic boxes and wrapping, they were believed to include a radar, launchers, interceptors, a fire control and communications unit, a power generator and a cooler".

In Berlin, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said through an interpreter that all sides had obligations and "we don't want to see any cherry picking".

  • Leroy Wright