Trump Keeps All Options Open for North Korea: White House

Trump Keeps All Options Open for North Korea: White House

The North has undertaken a steady stream of missile tests, including launching a missile over Japan this week, an incident that drew strong condemnations from the United States and its allies, including South Korea.

Seoul and Washington are said to be discussing the deployment of US strategic assets on a quarterly basis at the USA air base in Osan or Gunsan Air Base.

"Talking is not the answer", Trump had tweeted earlier in the week after the latest launch of a North Korean ballistic missile, which leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying was a simulation of war meant to demonstrate his military's capability to strike the USA territory of Guam.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied there was any inconsistency in Trump's remarks. And we're continuing to move forward on that.

North Korea is reported to have used a TEL to move a ballistic missile and make it stand upright to avoid getting monitored by the South's spy satellites.

Those options, both Trump and Sanders have repeatedly stated, include military action.

"It is very much on my mind", Trump said in Houston, where he was visiting some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The agreement was made in a telephone call between US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Friday.

Under the treaty, Seoul is restricted to possessing ballistic missiles with a maximum range of 800 kilometers (500 miles) and a payload of 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds).

The newspaper also boasted about how the United States was aware of the North Korean military's deception capabilities.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years after a series of missile tests by Pyongyang.

Trump has also spoken twice this week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The newspaper also bragged about how the U.S. and its regional allies failed to track Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July, which raised concerns about the possibility of North Korea striking a USA target. Song said after the meeting that he and Mattis agreed on that issue.

At around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Pyongyang conducted an underground nuclear test - its sixth and most powerful so far - creating an artificial quake of 5.7 magnitude, according to the South's weather agency.



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