North Korea conducted another missile test on Saturday, which reportedly failed soon after launch, and its Foreign Ministry said Monday the country will speed up measures to bolster its nuclear program "at the maximum pace". "I just don't want people to know what my thinking is".
Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga, speaking after a meeting of Japan's National Security Council, said the missile is believed to have travelled about 50km (30 miles) and fallen on an inland part of North Korea.
Experts say North Korea has readied a nuclear test, which many suspected would take place earlier in April on the anniversary of the country's founder's birth or the foundation of its military. Seoul's presidential Blue House said Sunday that White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster confirmed that the US will not be seeking money for the system.
It was the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a USA supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.
Washington has asked China for help in getting North Korea back to the negotiation table but has not ruled out military action to prevent Pyongyang from developing a nuclear missile that can hit the U.S. if diplomacy does not work.
Trump tells CBS' "Face the Nation" television show on Sunday that he'd "rather not discuss it". "I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do". "But eventually, he'll have good missiles". "We can't allow it to happen". "So obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie".
Pence in Japan: 'All options are on the table' regarding North Korea
Vice President Mike Pence said on an Asian tour this week that the era of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over. North Korea did test a missile on Sunday, but by USA and South Korean accounts it failed "within seconds".
The former business tycoon said: "People are saying, 'Is he sane?' I have no idea".
Pressed by Dickerson on whether he means there could be military action, Trump did not confirm, but he also did not deny.
'It may mean ratcheting up those sanctions even further and it also means being prepared for military operations if necessary, ' McMaster said. "That, as we would say, trumps trade".
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in apparent defiance of a United States push for tougher global sanctions to curb the Asian country's nuclear threat. -South Korean military drills, "U.S. aggression hysteria" reached its highest point and the situation on the Korean peninsula inched closer "to the brink of nuclear war".
Seoul's presidential Blue House says White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has confirmed that the US won't be seeking South Korean money for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, now being installed in the country's south. About 300 protesters faced off against 800 police and succeeded in blocking two U.S. Army oil trucks from entering the site, local media reported. A few residents were injured or fainted from the scuffle and were taken to a hospital.