Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

U.S. v North Korea? Will the United States attack North Korea?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the US objective in North Korea is not regime change.

The National Security Council has reportedly presented US Donald Trump with the option of placing nuclear weapons in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

McMaster said Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at their summit in Florida that "what must happen is the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

USA officials said the two sides agreed to increase cooperation on trying to get North Korea's to abandon its nuclear weapons program, and China acknowledged the need for more balanced trade with the U.S.

"The U.S. has said it supports South Korea's policy on North Korea, and our government intends to solve all the problems peacefully", Lee added.

"This coordinated initiative could force North Korea to make real demilitarization concessions while providing a win for both China and the United States", Markey wrote, adding that China has unsuccessfully urged the U.S. to engage North Korea directly for years.

North Korea has so far conducted five confirmed nuclear tests and numerous missile test-launches.

South Korea's top nuclear envoy Kim Hong-kyun made the comment after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei, as the U.S. sent a naval strike group to the region in a show of force.

The Carl Vinson has canceled a visit to Australia and is headed towards the Korean Peninsula, where it had been deployed just a month ago to participate in annual joint military exercises with South Korea.

This year's joint Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills involving thousands of us and South Korean troops reportedly involved preparations for a decapitation strike - the elimination of North Korean leadership. "North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior", McMaster said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on the importance of close coordination over North Korean issues as Pyongyang continues its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. "I think this administration wants to see them act, and I think they are going to pressure them to do that", Haley said.

Other reports were also upbeat, with China Daily, for instance, noting both sides mutual interests.

Advisers said Trump was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the Syrian chemical attack and ordered his national security team to swiftly prepare military options. Asked whether the US could do so without China's help, Trump replied, "Totally".

Asked if the attack on Syria could be seen as a message to Pyongyang, Tillerson told ABC: "The message that any nation can take is: 'If you violate global norms, if you violate worldwide agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken".

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