Hero's welcome in Pyongyang for missile developers

The North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of previous year.

Meanwhile, the South Korean Navy revealed a United States of America nuclear-powered aircraft carrier group was to remain in the vicinity indefinitely, while Seoul's defense ministry warned it was ready to carry out a preemptive strike if it detected a missile threat from North Korea.

A pro-North Korea newspaper called on South Korea Saturday to resume inter-Korean cooperative projects, saying military matters and economic cooperation can be handled separately.

The agreement came after North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test Sunday, claiming the US was within its sights and it had the capability to fire a large nuclear warhead.

A top North Korean official said Friday that Pyongyang will not engage in joint talks until the United States rolls back its "hostile policy".

He told a news conference Friday that if the Trump administration wants peace on the Korean Peninsula it should replace the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and stop its anti-North Korea policy.

In January, South Korea's Navy and U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) launched the operations center in the South Korean Navy's operational base in the country's largest port city of Busan, the South's navy officials said.

The UN Security Council was swift to condemn the test but North Korea's director of Asian affairs, Pak Jong-hak, insisted Tuesday that Pyongyang would not be deterred.

Rising tensions with U.S.

Asked if he was confirming that the North Korean missile launch did have a controlled reentry into the atmosphere, Mattis said Friday: "No, I was not".

Guiding a long-range missile to a target on return to Earth is a key technological hurdle that North Korea must overcome in trying to ideal a missile that could threaten the United States.

He stressed the need for a peaceful resolution, stating that a military solution to the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale.".

The U.N. Security Council initially imposed sanctions on North Korea over a decade ago. "But what is important is not words, but actions".

President Donald Trump is looking to both China and Russian Federation, the two permanent members on the Security Council that have historically been most sympathetic to North Korea, to join the USA -backed campaign of diplomatic and economic pressure on the North to get it to denuclearize.

  • Leroy Wright