North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile U.S. policy

"It is not easy, but we need to strive for this, to negotiate with North Korea", he said. The looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S. -backed local forces must still finish the fight for the extremists' two main strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Admiral Harry Harris warns that North Korea is a world threat, not just a regional threat.

Following North Korea's missile test in early March, the US hurriedly deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea's Seongju County.

South Korean President Moon Jae in said on Wednesday there was a "high possibility" of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programs it says are needed to counter US aggression. They mark a tonal departure from the Trump administration's months of saber rattling over North Korea.

The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States. "Put enough pressure on him to "do something about North Korea" and he might succumb to that pressure, with disastrous results", Martin said.

North Korea recently made the headlines for testing its ballistic missile launch, leading many to believe that this might be a new strategy towards future dominance in the nation's awide.

Wood TV recently published an article that details out why the successful launch of this missile is looked upon as a big worry for North Korea's neighbours and especially Washington D.C.'s Donald Trump.

The nub of the North Korea issue is how most effectively to achieve denuclearization.

However, in his inaugural speech last week, Moon said he will visit Washington with speed, adding he will hold a North Korea summit "if circumstances permit".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a press conference on Friday that the US was engaged in diplomatic efforts to counter Pyongyang.

President Trump is open to exploring engagement with North Korea under certain conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

The missile blast comes less than a week after new South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office.

An official of Hong's delegation said that Tillerson was emphasizing that there is no reason for the demonstrate hostility if the North shows intentions to scrap its nuclear ambitions.

  • Arturo Norris