An expert who has authored a book on North Korea said Saturday not to be surprised if North Korean leader Kim John Un went into hiding following the USA missile strike against Syria, stating in an email to Fox News that American military power was more than likely something he had "dismissed before".
As a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the Korean Peninsula to send a message to North Korea, McMaster told Fox News, "This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime".
The launch "is a grave provocative action from a security standpoint, clearly violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and simply can not be tolerated", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.
The news agency noted the Wu was also likely to hold meetings with all South Korean presidential candidates in the light of the upcoming vote, slated for May 9.
The Massachusetts Democrat's plan, outlined in a letter that was sent to Trump on the eve of his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, suggests that the U.S. should agree to direct talks with North Korea in exchange for China's commitment to drastically escalate sanctions against Pyongyang if they fail to negotiate in good faith.
In a call on Thursday, a day after North Korea's latest missile test, Abe said he and Trump had agreed the ballistic missile launch was "a unsafe provocation and a serious threat".
The United States will take its own measures to deal with the North Korean threat if China is unable or unwilling to help, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday. Most recently, it failed in its attempt to launch a missile from near Wonsan on its east coast on March 22.
Among the options being considered, according to officials, is for the U.S. to start positioning a number of nuclear weapons in South Korea.
North Korea lashed out at the us missile strike on a Syrian air base, calling it an "absolutely unpardonable" act that only justifies its nuclear-weapons program.
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Three of the four missiles landed in the 200-nautical-mile offshore zone where Japan has sovereign rights to explore and manage natural resources.
North Korea is known for its exaggerated and belligerent rhetoric in response to world events.
The U.S. removed its nukes from South Korea 25 years ago.
The use of solid fuel, instead of liquid propellant, is a worrying development for other countries as it will shorten the amount of time needed for preparations to fire a missile and make it more hard for others to detect the signs of its launch in advance.
"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent USA military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it", the official continued.
However, China has for a long time insisted that the crux of the North Korean nuclear issue is a problem between Washington and Pyongyang.
But the United States has already turned down the "double-suspension" proposal.
Like his predecessors in the White House, Trump wants China to do more to influence the North's behavior, but has gone further than others in threatening to go it alone if Beijing fails to step up to the plate.
The two leaders instead broadly vowed to work more closely to get the North to abandon its nuclear weapons, a vow that Pyongyang has heard many times before.