N Korea's Kim a 'smart cookie' says Trump

Cheryl Sanders
May 9, 2017

CBS previewed an interview President Donald Trump gave to Face the Nation, where John Dickerson asked him about North Korea's defiance and continued threats against the United States.

"And I can tell you also, I don't believe that the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy either", Trump said in excerpts of the interview released Saturday.

The North, defying mounting USA pressure, launched its latest missile test on Saturday, which South Korea said failed.

A controversial USA anti-missile system in southeastern South Korea is now operating and can defend against North Korean missiles, the US military confirmed Tuesday.

Some analysts say a missile the North test fired April 5, which USA officials identified as a Scud variant, also might have been a KN-17. Instead we have sabre-rattling Trump, along with Vice President Pence and others on the national-security squad.

Meanwhile, as the strike group headed by the USA aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrived in the region, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fired what South Korea now believes could be a new type of missile.

The two earlier launches were conducted from an eastern coastal area, but Saturday's missile was sacked in the west, from an area near Pukchang, just north of the capital, Pyongyang. Moon has advocated a more moderate policy on the North and been critical of the deployment of an advanced USA missile defence system in the South meant to counter North Korea's missile threat, which China also strongly objects to.

"This was not a nuclear test, which he was expected to do three days ago".

The US and North Korea began the new month staring off over the Korean Peninsula, with both sides giving few clues as to what their next move might be.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew). China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, unseen, adjacent to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters, Friday, April 28, 2017.

He said Mr Trump had "made clear that he is going to resolve this issue one way or the other, and what we prefer to do is to work with others, China included, to resolve this situation short of military action". The White House hosted a luncheon for UN Security Council ambassadors where he addressed the North Korean threat and held a briefing for the entire Senate. The South Korean and Japanese assessments about Saturday's launch indicate that the North fired the missile from a higher-than-normal angle to prevent it from flying too far, he said.

North Korea's state media has said the North's military is capable of sinking the U.S. aircraft carrier with a single strike.

Asked if "not happy" signified "military action", Mr Trump answered: "I don't know".

Kent Boydston, an analyst focusing on the Korean Peninsula at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, said Saturday's test was "part of North Korea's continuing effort to normalize its provocations".

He reiterated that the USA must be supported by its global allies if it is going to make any meaningful strides, adding: 'It's important for all of us to confront this regime...

The US is seeking more help from China, the North's major ally, to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development. I mean, that was matter of human rights.

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