Trump hits out at N. Korean leader for missile provocations

Trump hits out at N. Korean leader for missile provocations

The North said on Sunday that it recently tested a new high-thrust rocket engine, raising speculation that Pyongyang might be seeking near-future provocations despite warnings by the worldwide community.

State media said the test was successful and marked an event of "historic significance" that could lead to the rebirth of the country's indigenous rocket industry.

"He's acting very very badly", the President on Sunday said of Kim Jong-un, according to the White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters he held meetings on North Korea over the weekend at his Florida resort.

In Seoul, Tillerson also warned that U.S. military action against Pyongyang was possible - a sharp divergence from China's insistence on a diplomatic approach to its neighbour, which it has long protected.

A South Korean analyst said the test was an ominous development. The North conducted two nuclear tests past year alone and didn't respect multiple resolutions or sanctions, as it continued to carry out provocations, including the launch of four ballistic missiles on March 6.

"It appears that North Korea has worked out much of its development of the first-stage rocket booster".

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in defiance of U.N. sanctions, and is believed by experts and government officials to be working to develop nuclear-warhead missiles that could reach the United States.

It took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, in North Pyongan Province, it said. Meanwhile, the New York Times reported that any pre-emptive strike against North Korea, as mused by the Trump administration, would entail serious challenges and risks.

Yun comes to South Korea amid growing concerns over the North's repeated provocations.

On the three-country trip Mr Tillerson also visited Japan and South Korea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated on Monday that Beijing was committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through talks. "And the better they can improve their technology to do that, the more accurate these systems are going to be - not only from leaving the pad, but also going into the atmosphere and then hitting the target on the other side".