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U.S. mulls military action against North Korea

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If Trump wants to prevent North Korea from driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul and Tokyo, he will need to keep America’s allies close

The North's official Korean Central News Agency quoted leader Kim Jong Un as saying that his country has made strides in achieving nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities despite "limitless" global sanctions, and it will forge ahead and complete the work.

Following North Korea's second missile launch over Japan in a month, top officials from the two nations met for pre-arranged talks that are now likely to focus on a response to Pyongyang's latest test.

"As we consider the best offense posed by a hostile regime in North Korea, the least free nation in the world, we first look to our regional allies, South Korea and Japan", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Friday afternoon.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan would "never tolerate" what he called North Korea's "dangerous provocative action that threatens world peace" following a missile launch over his country.

While the North has refused to accept South Korean offers of dialogue, Kim's remarks made it clear Pyongyang wants Washington's respect.

The UN Security Council has banned North Korea's textile exports and capped its imports of crude oil. It travelled about 3,700 km (2,300 miles) in total, according to South Korea's military, far enough to reach the US Pacific territory of Guam, which the North has threatened before. That means it had the capacity to reach the US territory of Guam.

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U.S. mulls military action against North Korea
U.S. mulls military action against North Korea

After seeing what the Air Force is capable of, Trump said he is "more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming".

"We strongly urge the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) to cease all provocations immediately, and reiterate our long-standing call for the DPRK to abide by its worldwide obligations and commitments", the Ministry said, referring to North Korea by its official name.

North Korea has fired four types of rockets successfully, the Nodong that has a range of 1,300km, the Musudan with a range of 3,500km, the Hwasong-12 that has a range of 4,500km and then the Hwasong-14 that reach as far as 8,000km.

This meeting which is due to be held later on Friday, comes as a result of fresh calls from the United States and Japan.

North Korea has launched more than 80 missiles since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2011.

"For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of a military option, there is a military option".

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