North Korea's rocket engine test

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President Donald Trump said Sunday that he'd "had meetings on North Korea", and, without mentioning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by name, said, "He is acting very very badly".

In an interview on Saturday, Tillerson said Washington's goal is the get rid of North Korea's nuclear weapons, but he added that "circumstances could evolve to the point that for mutual deterrence reasons, we might have to consider" South Korea and Japan also arming themselves with nuclear weapons.

"Cyberspace is one of the many strategies of USA hegemony, along with the nuclear stick and the US dollar, to launch a pre-emptive strike" against North Korea, the statement from KCNA read. An upscaled derivative of North Korea's old Nodong missile engine might fit what we are seeing, and while it would not be as efficient, it would probably be easier for North Korea to manufacture domestically.

The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was murdered on February 13, when Malaysian police say two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - smeared super toxic VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

State Secretary Rex Tillerson said on the following day that the USA policy of strategic patience toward North Korea reached its limit.

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.

Tillerson visited South Korea last week and declared all options, including military actions, are on the table as a result of North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests.

Judging from pictures released by the government over the weekend, the communist regime's dictator Kim Jong Un was all smiles as he watched his generals launch the high-thrust rocket engine from the Sohae launch station.

At the news conference in Seoul, Tillerson said the US was "exploring a new range of diplomatic, security, and economic measures".

The menacing talk came as South Korea warned that its northern neighbour's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" progress.

Glocom sold battlefield radio equipment in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. report submitted to the Security Council. In fact, prior to American and South Korean forces holding their joint military drills (which started on March 13), the DPRK issued a nuclear threat.

He has already accused China of doing too little to help curb Pyongyang's weapons drive.

The following day, Tillerson, speaking in South Korea, clarified what was meant by "new approach".

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