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UN strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

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Both scenarios are part of an accelerated review of North Korea policy prepared in advance of President Donald Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. "We are working diplomatically, including with those that we might be able to enlist in this effort to get North Korea under control". The two leaders are to exchange their views on bilateral issues and discuss world matters, likely including North Korea and Syria. "They talked about how we need to hurry and organize more reunions for families divided by the Korean War", said Lee Seo-gyeong, president of the Wonju Citizens' Alliance, who met a Hankyoreh reporter at the Gangneung Hockey Center on the evening of April. 6. North Korea carried out two nuclear tests past year.

Since then, North Korea has further ramped up its tests and rhetoric, emphasising a consistent message: To create a nuclear device small enough to mount on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and fire it at the United States.

If Thursday's strike was a warning to other countries, it was one that Pyongyang, which regularly cites U.S. hostility as the driving force behind its nuclear weapons development, is quite familiar with.

Ri Kyong-Hyang (13) of North Korea fights for the ball with Shin Damyeong of South Korea during their AFC Women's 2018 Asian Cup Group B qualifying football match at the Kim Il-Sung stadium in Pyongyang on Friday.

Chang Yong-Seok, a senior researcher at the Institute for Peace and Unification at Seoul National University, said Kim's son, current leader Kim Jong-Un, had no reason to take such precautions.

Syria denies it carried out the attack.

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In Tokyo, Abe said Trump had reaffirmed that all options are available in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. It is likely to be an upgraded version of the submarine-launched missile named "Pukguksong" launched last summer.

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While not mentioning the role its own provocations has played in escalating tensions, Pyongyang claimed the United States is conducting "extremely provocative and invasive warfare, to a point where the situation on the peninsula is beyond control".

The question then arises as to what impact the U.S. president's willingness to exercise his military muscle may have on China's thinking.

What separates these threats from North Korea's usual chest-beating is the recent unveiling of images from watchdog site 38 North indicating increased excavation activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, which could mean a sixth nuclear test is forthcoming. "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will", he told the Financial Times in a widely-publicised interview this week. Among measures under consideration are "secondary sanctions" against Chinese banks and firms that do the most business with Pyongyang.

Trump said at the time, "I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan - its great ally - 100 percent". It would also bring a host of problems, given the malnourished state of many of North Korea's people and its poor health system. The North's actions are provocative moves in clear violation of global bans. "It's not like Iraq", Jia said. The potential of sports in the private sector was felt during the hockey game between the North and South Korean teams.

Decades after the end of the Korean War and the partition of Korea, the conflict on the Korean Peninsula remains one of the most unsafe and intractable problems of our time.

"It's hard to know if that statement was made with any specifics mind ... but (options) could include an increased naval presence, especially by destroyers and other platforms equipped with Aegis and with SM-3 missiles (used to intercept SRBMs, MRBMs, and IRBMs)", John Grisafi, theNK News Director of Intelligence, said.

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