Tensions brew in North Korea

Business as usual The MKP building where the company’s headquarters is in Balakong

"They are from North Korea and we believe they are involved in the case, and we are looking for them", he told reporters after chairing a meeting on upgrading the police's central computer crime investigation unit at Le Grandeur Palm Resort, Senai.

Neither Tillerson nor Xi addressed a Twitter message Trump posted Friday, in which the president stated that China had "done little to help" the US efforts to contain North Korea's nuclear program.

Tensions between the US and North Korea have worsened in the wake of a series of successful missile launches by Pyongyang-including four rockets fired into the sea northwest of Japan on March 6-and massive U.S. "As long as Kim Jong Un's regime is in place, there is no solution for [the North Korean nuclear issue] and any kind of compromises would only serve Kim", Thae added.

Tillerson said that a so-called "strategic patience" policy toward Pyongyang has ended, referring to the USA foreign policy in the past decade under which Washington had refrained from having talks with Pyongyang before its honest efforts at denuclearisation.

North Korean leader Kim said in January his country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile.

A rocket-engine test conducted by North Korea shows the communist state is making "meaningful progress" with its nuclear-weapons program, a South Korean defense official said Monday.

If the USA were to take military action, potential targets could be North Korea's airfields in Hwangju, Kusong, and Wonsan provinces that have been used over the past year to test new Musudan and KN-11 missiles.

North Korea has conducted a test of a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station.

On Saturday, the USA and China pledged to work together to address the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programme.

Last month, Reuters reported that North Korean intelligence ran an arms operation out of Malaysia called Glocom, using two front companies identified as International Global System and International Golden Services.

Sunday's test was a "precisely-timed spectacular", said Peter Hayes, director of the US-based Nautilus Institute, "the kind we've come to expect from Kim Jong Un". "China has done little to help!"

"But obviously, if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response..."

The same report goes on to state that MKP, short for Malaysia Korea Partners, is being investigated for establishing The International Consortium Bank (ICB) in Pyongyang via a joint venture, the daily said.

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