Trump says Kim Jong-un 'acting very, very badly'

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2017

North Korean state media showed leader Kim Jong Un overseeing the weekend launch - the latest of several tests of rockets and missiles.

Tillerson visited South Korea last week and declared all options, including military actions, are on the table as a result of North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests.

Trump, while talking to reporters commented on Jong that he was "acting very, very badly". He added that administration officials had meetings during the weekend about North Korea, among other issues.

The test was conducted as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in China on a swing through Asia that has been closely focused on concerns over how to deal with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

The last ground test of a powerful rocket engine was in September previous year.

Engines used in the Long March 2 satellite launcher were later repurposed for the "development of the DF-5 ballistic missile - China's first true intercontinental range missile", according to David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Malaysian police said yesterday that they are hunting for more North Korean suspects over the killing of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The top United States diplomat indicated a need for tougher UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea's nuclear programme and other weapons of mass destruction.

"I won't deny that there are a few other North Koreans involved in the Kim Jong Nam murder and we will use legal channels to access them", Tan Sri Khalid was quoted as saying by state news agency Bernama. "The test was carried out with the goal of confirming all the technical indicators related to the engine, including the characteristics of the propulsion in the blast chamber; the operational accuracy of the turbine pump apparatus, the control system and various other factors; and the engine's structural stability and reliability", the newspaper said in its explanation of the test objectives. North Korea is prohibited by the United Nations from testing ballistic missiles but space research is acceptable under worldwide sanctions. "China has done little to help!" An upscaled derivative of North Korea's old Nodong missile engine might fit what we are seeing, and while it would not be as efficient, it would probably be easier for North Korea to manufacture domestically.

The US alleges that these tests have been carried out in violation of the UN Security Council resolution.

Pyongyang has been bristling over ongoing military drills involving American and South Korean troops along with Seoul's plan to deploy a USA anti-missile system, THAAD.

North Korea blocked Malaysians from leaving the country until a "fair settlement" of the case is reached.

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