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US and China are working on a range of responses to the latest attempt, says Trump’s NSA McMaster

The United States, its allies and are working together on a range of responses to North Korea’s latest attempted ballistic missile test, US President Donald Trump’s national security advisor said on Sunday, citing what he called an consensus to act.


“We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options,” national security advisor HR McMaster said on ABC’s This Week programme.


“This latest missile test just fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilising and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime,” McMaster said.


He said the president has asked the national security council to integrate the efforts of the Defense and State departments and US intelligence agencies to develop options if “this pattern of behaviour continues and if the North Korean Regime refuses to denuclearise.” “There is an consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just cannot continue,” McMaster said.


The North Korean missile “blew up almost immediately” after its test launch on Sunday, the US Pacific Command said.


Hours later US Vice-President Mike Pence landed in South Korea for talks on the North’s increasingly defiant arms programme. His visit comes a day after held a grand military parade in its capital city of Pyongyang, marking the birth anniversary of the state founder. What appeared to be new long-range ballistic missiles were on display in the parade.


Tensions have been steadily rising as Trump takes a hard rhetorical line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from and proceeded with and missile programs seen by Washington as a direct threat.


Trump on Sunday acknowledged that the softer line he has taken on China’s management of its currency was linked to China’s help on the issue.


“Why would I call a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” Trump said on Twitter. Trump has backed away from a campaign promise to label in that way.


South Korea said the North’s latest show of force “threatened the whole world.” But a US foreign policy adviser travelling with Pence on Air Force Two sought to defuse some of the tension, saying the test of what was believed to be a medium-range missile had come as no surprise.


“We had good intelligence before the launch and good intelligence after the launch,” the advisor told reporters on condition of anonymity.


“It’s a failed test. It follows another failed test. So really no need to reinforce their failure. We don’t need to expend any resources against that.”


The adviser said the missile’s flight lasted four or five seconds.


Pence, addressing an Easter service with American troops in South Korea, said the US commitment to South Korea was unwavering.


“Let me assure you under President Trump’s leadership, our resolve has never been stronger. Our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger.”


Pence was beginning a 10-day trip to Asia in what his aides said was a sign of US commitment to its ally in the face of rising tension.


The US nuclear-powered Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is also heading to the region. 


China, which Trump has urged to do more to rein in North Korea, has spoken out against its weapons tests and has supported UN sanctions. It has repeatedly called for talks while appearing increasingly frustrated with the North.


banned imports of North Korean coal on February 26, cutting off its most important export. China’s customs department issued an order on April 7 telling traders to return North Korean coal cargoes, said trading sources with knowledge of the order.

Kim Jong Un’s Big Push Is Closing In on America

Kim Jong Un has sped up North Korea’s programme since he took power in late 2011, testing more powerful weapons and developing longer-range missiles to carry them. His regime is thought to possess rockets that can hit South Korea and Japan with as many as 20 atomic bombs, and it’s now focused on building a long-range missile capable of hitting Washington, DC, with a warhead.

Where North Korea’s Missiles Could Hit | Estimated maximum missile ranges from North Korea

North Korean test missile 'fizzles'

North Korean test missile ‘fizzles’

US and China are working on a range of responses to the latest attempt, says Trump’s NSA McMaster

US and China are working on a range of responses to the latest attempt, says Trump’s NSA McMaster

The United States, its allies and are working together on a range of responses to North Korea’s latest attempted ballistic missile test, US President Donald Trump’s national security advisor said on Sunday, citing what he called an consensus to act.


“We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options,” national security advisor HR McMaster said on ABC’s This Week programme.


“This latest missile test just fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilising and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime,” McMaster said.


He said the president has asked the national security council to integrate the efforts of the Defense and State departments and US intelligence agencies to develop options if “this pattern of behaviour continues and if the North Korean Regime refuses to denuclearise.” “There is an consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just cannot continue,” McMaster said.


The North Korean missile “blew up almost immediately” after its test launch on Sunday, the US Pacific Command said.


Hours later US Vice-President Mike Pence landed in South Korea for talks on the North’s increasingly defiant arms programme. His visit comes a day after held a grand military parade in its capital city of Pyongyang, marking the birth anniversary of the state founder. What appeared to be new long-range ballistic missiles were on display in the parade.


Tensions have been steadily rising as Trump takes a hard rhetorical line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from and proceeded with and missile programs seen by Washington as a direct threat.


Trump on Sunday acknowledged that the softer line he has taken on China’s management of its currency was linked to China’s help on the issue.


“Why would I call a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” Trump said on Twitter. Trump has backed away from a campaign promise to label in that way.


South Korea said the North’s latest show of force “threatened the whole world.” But a US foreign policy adviser travelling with Pence on Air Force Two sought to defuse some of the tension, saying the test of what was believed to be a medium-range missile had come as no surprise.


“We had good intelligence before the launch and good intelligence after the launch,” the advisor told reporters on condition of anonymity.


“It’s a failed test. It follows another failed test. So really no need to reinforce their failure. We don’t need to expend any resources against that.”


The adviser said the missile’s flight lasted four or five seconds.


Pence, addressing an Easter service with American troops in South Korea, said the US commitment to South Korea was unwavering.


“Let me assure you under President Trump’s leadership, our resolve has never been stronger. Our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger.”


Pence was beginning a 10-day trip to Asia in what his aides said was a sign of US commitment to its ally in the face of rising tension.


The US nuclear-powered Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is also heading to the region. 


China, which Trump has urged to do more to rein in North Korea, has spoken out against its weapons tests and has supported UN sanctions. It has repeatedly called for talks while appearing increasingly frustrated with the North.


banned imports of North Korean coal on February 26, cutting off its most important export. China’s customs department issued an order on April 7 telling traders to return North Korean coal cargoes, said trading sources with knowledge of the order.

Kim Jong Un’s Big Push Is Closing In on America

Kim Jong Un has sped up North Korea’s programme since he took power in late 2011, testing more powerful weapons and developing longer-range missiles to carry them. His regime is thought to possess rockets that can hit South Korea and Japan with as many as 20 atomic bombs, and it’s now focused on building a long-range missile capable of hitting Washington, DC, with a warhead.

Where North Korea’s Missiles Could Hit | Estimated maximum missile ranges from North Korea

North Korean test missile 'fizzles'


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