North Korea Pyongyang fires missile into Sea of Japan, says South Korea

"The missile launch constitutes a grave threat to the global community and poses a flagrant challenge to the United Nations security resolution on North Korea's nuclear and missile provocation". In an interview last week with the Financial Times, Mr Trump said that if China does not take a tougher stand, the U.S. is prepared to act alone.

A U.S. Forces Korea official told Yonhap News Agency that his office modified the U.S. Pacific Command's language in its version. However, the Chinese say that would devastate the North Korean economy and the population, as 90 percent of North Korea's exports go to China. These include setting the tone for the next four years of Sino-US ties under the Trump administration, heading off a potential trade war and ensuring that the US will not create trouble in the Taiwan Strait and the East and South China seas.

Narushige Michishita, an expert from Tokyo's National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, said Trump's efforts to "sound scary" won't work with Pyongyang and Beijing if he fails to back his words with action. The launch also came amid ongoing annual South Korea-U.S. military drills that North Korea usually responds to with its own military training and missile tests.

Trump has said China must do more to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't.

The KN-15 missile reportedly refers to what North Korea calls the solid-fuel "Pukguksong-2".

North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility.

"They have the nuclear capability - they've demonstrated that", he said. The United States, South Korea and others call North Korea's space program a cover for its long-range missile development program. A White House official later said "all options are on the table" for the US, though the official would not say what steps Trump was willing to take to curb Pyongyang's pursuit of a nuclear weapon. "The US and China are going to have a lot of trouble coordinating on North Korea issues", Choi predicted.

President Trump's summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping's at Mar-a-Lago later this week will present Trump with his first in-person opportunity to make progress on his stated goal of reining in North Korea.

Even before news of the latest missile test became public, a senior U.S. official echoed that message, saying "the clock has now run out" on dealing with the North Korean threat and "all options are on the table for us".

He said the missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts later this week. Indeed, China is now more popular than Trump in the United States.

- David Sanger (@SangerNYT) April 5, 2017Tillerson's North Korea statement is so ambiguously bad, unclear whether he's suggesting we're about to bomb NK or he just hates his job. It's a very different take from China's position, which holds that the North Korean nuclear issue is something Pyongyang and Washington must take action to resolve.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff says in a statement that the missile fired from the North's eastern coastal town of Sinpo on Wednesday morning flew about 60 kilometers (37 miles.) It gave no further details.