What many are deeming an increase in political instability within the country, Sunday morning saw a North Korean ballistic missile fired but exploding nearly immediately after launching, USA military officials said, less than a day after leader Kim Jong Un paraded a never-before-seen long-range ballistic missile through the streets of Pyongyang.
"If the USA is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method", Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC on Monday.
North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador Kim In Ryong has accused the United States of creating "a unsafe situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment". "We're gonna have to see what happens", Trump said. This effectively means Kim Jong Un has nothing to lose when going into any negotiation and will use everything in his arsenal if attacked.
While the special-operations forces described by Yonhap report were said to have been formed by North Korea "for the first time", previous reports have referred to North Korean special-operations or special-warfare units.
"North Korea's failed launch on Sunday was its eighth missile to be tested this year".
North Korea, however, has shown no sign of backing down on its missile or nuclear tests.
"We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security, and economic measures and all options are on the table", Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said. He said the US and its allies would deal with the situation "through peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary".
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While Japan's trade surplus with the U.S.is much smaller than China's, Trump has decried the imbalance, especially in auto exports. Previously, they held a video conference back in March when they condemned North Korea for its launch of four ballistic missiles into the East Sea on March 6.
The U.S. will not stop in its pursuit of ensuring the Korean Peninsula is free of nuclear weapons.
On the other hand, China believes that the problem in the Korean Peninsula should be resolved in a peaceful manner.
He warned the North, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions, that the "era of strategic patience" was over.
Yesterday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the strength of the U.S. military and the resolve of President Donald Trump. "You read Clinton's book and he said, 'Oh, we made such a great peace deal, ' and it was a joke", Mr Trump said on Fox and Friends.
"The time of dictating orders by brandishing the United States military might has gone".
Washington would prefer that China turn the screw on North Korea's coal exports and fuel imports, dissuading them from carrying out the sixth nuclear test they have threatened.
Mr Trump, who has in the past tweeted saying North Korea was "behaving very badly" and "playing" with the USA, warned that North Korea has "gotta behave" while speaking at the annual White House Easter egg roll over the weekend.