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"All options are on the table", he added. It's still too early to see if Kim can create new rules without crossing a line that the United States won't tolerate.

Ren said it's China's position that "military means can not be an option for resolving this issue".

This refers to North Korea's attempt to strengthen its weapons capabilities and use them to test its bargaining power against the United States.

Trump's comment, a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan that drew United Nations and other worldwide condemnation, renewed his tough rhetoric toward reclusive, nuclear-armed and increasingly isolated North Korea.

The proposal comes two days after the North fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

The statement raised fresh uncertainty about the Trump administration's strategy for North Korea.

"The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years".

The ministry said in the request that it is aiming to seek funds to introduce a new missile shield system, possibly the land-based Aegis Ashore, while leaving open the actual sum.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Tuesday's missile firing an "unprecedented, grave and serious threat".

The drills, involving tens of thousands of USA and South Korean troops, have been focused on computer simulations but reports highlighting the prospect of more "visible" demonstrations of U.S. power in the region have circulated in the wake of Pyongyang's latest test.

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"As we have seen, the threat to security in the Northwest Pacific has become more severe and our nations' defense relationship becomes more important than ever and remains the bedrock for global efforts to temper North Korea's aggressive actions", he said. This applies to South Korea and military maneuvers in northern Japan.

However, his Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said that there was still room for diplomacy in dealing with North Korea's ballistic missile launches.

Tudor has not been to North Korea since publication and is understood not to have plans to go again.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years after a series of missile tests by Pyongyang.

Mattis and Tillerson have emphasized finding a diplomatic solution on North Korea, and have used softer tones than Trump on this and other matters.

"The current ballistic rocket launching drill, like a real war, is the first step of the military operation of the KPA in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam", KCNA quoted Mr Kim as saying. Seoul's government is ready to take "every measure needed" to protect its citizens, the ministry said in a statement.

The problem here is that Washington won't be very interested in displaying the kind of "demeanor" that North Korea is likely to want.

The US generals were to travel to the site of a contentious US missile defence system in South Korea later on Tuesday. North Korea carried out two ICBM tests this month alone, triggering speculation the communist state is nearing a full-blown nuclear weapons state.

A preventive strike could also jeopardize the South Korea-US alliance by giving the impression that Washington prioritizes its own security over that of its allies which also host US troops, Woo noted.

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