Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

North Korea defies US, China in new missile test


"If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy". North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they're seen as part of the North's push for a nuclear-tipped missile that can hit the US mainland.

USA and South Korean officials said the test, from an area north of the North Korean capital, appeared to have failed, in what would be the North's fourth straight unsuccessful missile test since March.

In a rare interview with CNN last week, a North Korean official said the country's nuclear tests would "never stop".

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday, " McMaster said it is important "for all of us to confront this regime, this regime that is pursuing the weaponization of a missile with a nuclear weapon".

Trump also told the show he's not going to talk about USA military options with North Korea because "we shouldn't be announcing all our moves".

It was the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

North Korea has kept the West on edge for weeks over signs it may conduct a sixth nuclear test, punctuated by a series of missile tests that have aroused U.S. fears that the regime may be close to developing a ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead.

In the CBS interview, the president was asked why the North's rockets keep blowing up.

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"I don't know", he said.

They have tested a missile. "But eventually, he'll have good missiles". "And if that happens, we can't allow it to happen".

Trump also said if Kim Jung-un carries out a nuclear test that "I will not be happy", when the interviewer John Dickerson asked if that meant military action, the US President replied with "I don't know, I mean we'll see".

The former business tycoon said: "People are saying, 'Is he sane?' I have no idea".

Asked if that meant military action, the United States president replied: "I don't know, I mean, we'll see".

Trump did not say what conditions would need to be met for any such meeting to occur or when it could happen, but the White House said later North Korea would need to meet many conditions before a meeting could be contemplated. When completed, it will consist of six truck-mounted launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptors toward incoming missiles detected by the system's x-band radar.

In a show of force, the United States is sending the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to waters off the Korean peninsula, where it will join the USS Michigan, a nuclear submarine that docked in South Korea on Tuesday.

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