North Korean missile tests continue as USA strikes hardline stance

Leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was "a new birth" of its rocket industry, the North's official media said yesterday.

The North Korean leader was reportedly in attendance at the test of a new high-thrust engine. "I will tell you, he's acting very badly", Trump said.

President Trump commented on leaving his weekend retreat in Florida aboard Air Force One.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher US line on North Korea, reiterating his country's view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks.

The United Nations forbids North Korea from conducting long-range missile tests, but allows its satellite program for peaceful use.

"He emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries".

The chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) declared that his country is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. Wang spoke at a briefing in Beijing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who in Seoul on Friday refused to rule out a preemptive strike against Pyongyang if the threat from its weapons program was deemed severe enough.

Kim Jong-Un attended the March 18 test at the Sohae launch site, according KCNA, which said the test was meant to confirm the "new type" of engine's thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control system and structural safety. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. They have been playing the United States for years.

Last fall, the US and South Korean militaries detected at least two failed missile launches by North Korea.

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