US, Japan, South Korea discuss North's latest threat before Trump-Xi summit

One official who was part of the NSC review said he doesn't think deploying nukes to South Korea amid the "war today" state the USA now faces with North Korea "buys more for us than it costs".

Analysts have said Wednesday's launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea's east coast probably took place with the Trump-Xi summit in mind as the reclusive state presses ahead in defiance of United Nations resolutions and sanctions.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff says in a statement that the missile fired from the North's eastern coastal town of Sinpo on Wednesday morning flew about 60 kilometers (37 miles.) It gave no further details.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry called the North's latest missile launch a "reckless provocation" that posed a threat to worldwide peace, while Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the country lodged a strong protest over the launch.

The test comes just a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits U.S. President Donald Trump for a summit in Florida, and as the U.S., Japan and South Korea wrap up a round of trilateral naval military drills off the Korean Peninsula.

Hill says that China's hesitation to work with the U.S.to a belief in China that North Korea's demise would give the USA a "strategic advantage".

"China has great influence over North Korea". It has carried out several nuclear tests.

North Korea published photos after the test that demonstrated "a very challenging technology for us" to detect before launch, he said.

North Korea's state media have said the world will soon witness what they called "eventful successes" in the country's space development.

The two will discuss how to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes as the United States steps up the pressure on China, a historic ally of Pyongyang, to help more on the issue.

"If we are serious about solving this issue, we need to tackle the root of it", she said at a regular news briefing. "China wants to make efforts with all sides involved, to make denuclearization a reality, and ensure peace in the region".

The North's latest missile launch also came during annual military drills between the United States and South Korea.

Two weeks ago, the South Korean and US militaries said they had detected a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch.

In the second test on March 6, four Scud-ER missiles were fired, three of which fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The Hyunmoo-2B missile, which has a range of 500 kilometers, was successfully tested in April of 2014.

  • Eleanor Harrison