America's decision to move a Navy strike group towards the Korean peninsula is a "prudent" reaction to a pattern of provocative behaviour from North Korea, the White House national security adviser said on Sunday, as the secretary of state insisted he was hopeful that China would put pressure on Pyongyang.
A U.S. Navy strike group has been ordered to relocate to the western Pacific Ocean, providing a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula as concerns mount over North Korea's missile program.
Tensions with North Korea continued to intensify on Sunday, as the US military ordered a Navy strike group to move toward the Korean Peninsula.
In appearances on the Sunday news shows, Tillerson said advances in North Korea's ballistic missile program concerned the US the most.
Trump's national security aides have completed a review of U.S. options to try to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. Killing North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, was also presented as an option, NBC reported.
The North has launched seven ballistic missiles, tested multiple rocket engines for a possible long-range missile, and even made preparations for what could be a sixth nuclear test, activities banned by the United Nations.
On March 6, North Korea launched four ballistic missiles about 620 miles before falling into the sea, and were likely capable of striking Japan.
Mr Trump's national security aides have completed a review of USA options to try to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
Early on Friday, the United States military launched air strikes against the Syrian government, in retaliation for a reported chemical attack.
"We completely agreed that it's very important for Japan and US to cooperate and work together closely and the unity among Japan, US and South Korea is important", Mr Abe said.
A nuclear-capable SLBM system would take the North's threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a "second-strike" capability in the event of an attack on its army bases.
On Thursday and Friday, Trump hosted his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for talks during which he pressed Pyongyang's key ally to help curb the North's nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang's response on Saturday suggested the reclusive state was determined to continue with its nuclear weapons programme.
The Third Fleet's forward-deployed strike group was in Singapore and scheduled to sail to Australia for training and port calls.
President Trump ordered the missile strike after watching television images of infants suffering from chemical weapons injuries. It's too early to tell if the if the U.S.is going to war with North Korea, but for now, it seems that a show of force is underway.
"We will keep bolstering our self-defensive military might in various ways in order to cope with the ever-intensifying USA acts of aggression".
President Donald Trump has said the United States is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea.