North Korea "acting very, very badly" Spicer: Trump didn't hear Merkel's handshake request Hawaii judge refuses to narrow travel ban halt MORE slammed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Sunday for "acting very, very badly", following that country's recent missile activity.
During his three-nation Asia trip, Tillerson not only denounced North Korean tests but also said that the United States is open to any pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang.
Trump, while talking to reporters commented on Jong that he was "acting very, very badly".
North Korea has conducted a series of missile launches this month, including four on March 6, KCNA reported.
Malaysia's once-cosy ties with North Korea have frayed in the wake of Kim Jong Nam's assassination. -South Korea wargames just south of the Demilitarized Zone and often conducts some sort of high-profile operation of its own in protest.
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Earlier in February North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, which is believed to have splashed down into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
Speaking in South Korea on Friday, Tillerson said that military action against the secretive state was an 'option'.
North Korea's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" progress, South Korea said on Monday, while an analyst said it was a unsafe step towards the North's goal of developing a rocket that could hit the United States. Beijing fears Kim's fall would send waves of refugees into northeastern China and see South Korean and American forces taking up positions along its border. The country's official media service, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), said the new high-thrust engine will help North Korea attain a world-class satellite- launching program.
It comes after North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches, in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Xi said that both he and Trump expect a new stage of constructive development in bilateral relations.