McMaster: N. Korea a 'grave threat' to US, China

The US supply ship is expected to support America's naval fleet in the Pacific, possibly including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which remains on high alert over North Korea's ballistic missile firings, the reports said. "But eventually, he'll have good missiles".

In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation", Trump says he won't be happy if North Korea conducts a nuclear test and that he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping won't be happy, either.

He added: "And if that happens, we can't allow it to happen".

People also debate whether the security benefits of Thaad would outweigh drawbacks if relations worsen with China, which sees the system as a threat, and have been angered by USA president Donald Trump's statement that he would make South Korea pay one billion dollars for the system.

The Carl Vinson arrived in the Sea of Japan and kicked off a joint drill with the South Korean navy on Saturday, hours after North Korea launched a ballistic missile in apparent defiance of the US.

Front-runner Moon Jae-in, a liberal who calls for engagement with North Korea, has said he would reconsider Thaad if he became president.

North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they are seen as part of the North's push for a nuclear-tipped weapon that can hit the US mainland.

That means, McMaster said, working to enforce current United Nations sanctions and perhaps ratcheting them up.

North Korea's state media has said the North's military is capable of sinking the USA aircraft carrier with a single strike. The statement included the US President's aim to increase the pressure on North Korea or the DPRK, to dismantle its nuclear weapons and missiles, and to resolve the tension through dialogue. When completed, it will consist of six truck-mounted launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptors toward incoming missiles detected by the system's x-band radar.

Seoul's presidential Blue House says White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has confirmed that the US won't be seeking South Korean money for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, now being installed in the country's south.

Residents in the village of Seongj, where the missile defense system is being installed, scuffled with police on Sunday.

He has said that the security benefits of THAAD would be offset by worsened relations with China, which is the country's biggest trading partner and is opposed to its deployment.

South Korea's Defense Ministry has previously said that under an agreement reached during the administration of Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, South Korea offers the land and facilities for THAAD but not the cost of operations. McMaster said Sunday that the matter is subject to negotiation.

  • Leroy Wright