Trump confers with Asia allies on North Korea nuclear threat

US President Donald Trump offered some backhanded praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling him "a pretty smart cookie" in a television interview that aired on Sunday (April 30).

"If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy".

He was reacting after a North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed, the third flop in a month. South Korean officials responded that the cost was for Washington to bear, under the bilateral agreement."National security adviser H.R. McMaster explained that the recent statements by President Trump were made in a general context, in line with the USA public expectations on defence cost burden-sharing with allies", South Korea's Blue House said in a statement, adding that McMaster requested the call.Major elements of the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system were moved into the planned site in Seonjgu, in the south of the country, this week.

Having failed to successfully implement a missile technology that the United States has had in place since the 1970s, the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) could now join a growing group suggesting that the failure is not their fault, as hackers within the United States military are thought to be responsible for the latest crash.

He has also dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson to the waters off the Korean peninsula as a show of force in face of Pyongyang's continuing belligerence. We'll see what happens. "Diplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary".

When asked whether the USA would engage in military action against the North, Trump said, "I don't know". And so this is something that we can not tolerate. About 300 residents rallied on Sunday as two U.S. Army lorries tried to enter the THAAD deployment site. "People are saying, 'Is he sane?' I have no idea", the president said.

The missile test was, however, a failure and it blew up within North Korean territory, according to US and South Korean military.

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman says U.S. President Donald Trump has called the Philippine leader and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship" with Duterte.

"We urge the North Korean regime to immediately stop its reckless provocations, give up its nuclear ambitions and cooperate with the global community", Democratic Party spokesman Park Kwang-on said.

"North Korea disrespected the wishes of China and its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today".

"But eventually, he'll have good missiles".

"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.

Trump said he believes China's president, Xi Jinping, has been putting pressure on North Korea over its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

China, on its part, has made visible efforts to dissuade Pyongyang from carrying out further nuclear tests, halting the important coal trade while hinting that oil supplies would follow if Kim Jong-un carries out one more test.

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