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Published: Tue, May 02, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump 'ready to resolve North Korea issue one way or another'


"This is something that we know we can not tolerate", McMaster said.

Trump's interview remarks "were made in a general context, reflecting the American public's hopes for (defense) cost sharing", McMaster was quoted as saying by the South's presidential office.

Moon Seong Mook, a South Korean analyst and former military official, says that the North would gain valuable knowledge even from failed launches as it continues to improve its technologies for missiles.

The conversation followed another North Korean missile test-launch on Saturday which Washington and Seoul said was unsuccessful.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the THAAD system could be activated "in the coming days", suggesting that the U.S. wanted the system up and running before the May 9 elections in South Korea. "Bad!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

In Australia, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull used a commemoration of a World War II naval battle to warn North Korea against destabilizing the region.

"All options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table", Tillerson told the Security Council. "Diplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary".

The deployment of THAAD has already proved unpopular with many South Koreans and hurt the country's relations with China.

The North has carried out five nuclear tests in the last 11 years and is widely believed to be making progress towards its dream of building a missile capable of delivering a warhead to the continental United States. The most recent two - fired on April 16 and April 29 - both failed.

"The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real, and it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the USA mainland", Tillerson told a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

South Korea did not think it was appropriate that they should pay for a system that guards against a mutual threat to the US and South Korea.

South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills on Sunday, but continued a separate joint naval exercise that has triggered dire threats from nuclear-armed North Korea.

Pyongyang's show of defiance included a failed missile test on Saturday that came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of "catastrophic consequences" if the worldwide community - most notably China - failed to pressure the North into abandoning its weapons programme.

The timing of the North's test was striking: Only hours earlier the U.N. Security Council held a ministerial meeting on Pyongyang's escalating weapons program. The statement, which came in response to CNN's questions about the latest launch, did not acknowledge Saturday's missile test.

After President Trump set off a furor over who should pay for a USA missile defense system that's being installed in South Korea, his national security chief said Washington will pick up the check.

Excuse us for not being particularly excited about how well the defence industry is doing.

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