UN strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

Retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane told Fox News on Wednesday that the U.S.is "rapidly and dangerously heading towards the reality that the military option is the only one left when it comes to getting North Korea to denuclearize and not weaponized [intercontinental ballistic missiles]".

"Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically", Trump stated Thursday evening, suggesting that a new approach is needed. The missile strikes on Syria bring more weight to that statement.

If confirmed, the test risks raising tensions with China, which protested against South Korea's recent move to allow the United States to install an anti-missile system on its territory.

Friday's match came as the North's nuclear ambitions top the agenda at a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after Pyongyang's latest missile launch this week. The North's actions are provocative moves in clear violation of worldwide bans.

North Korea, which is known to have a large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, also has come under criticism for allegedly having its leader's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, assassinated with VX nerve agent at a Malaysian airport on February 13. Under his leadership, the threat to the USA and its allies has increased.

South Korea has been developing ballistic missiles with a 500-mile range since 2012, the Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman said.

Less than 24 hours later, North Korea fired a missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea's military said. The only thing that could worry the US experts is the capability of North Korea's nuclear-tipped missiles to reach the USA mainland.

If Trump does, in fact, plan to live up to Tillerson's comment on what happens to countries that cross the president's lines, Kim Jong-un may want to choose which lines he crosses a little more carefully.

The UN body's press statement called on North Korea to immediately halt its provocative acts, which seriously threaten the peace and stability in the Korean peninsula region.

But he said the leadership of both China and North Korea were likely to think twice about Trump's unpredictability.

In accordance to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, which vows to protect civilians in the event of worldwide conflict, the North said it would fire at only military facilities in the United States and South Korea. What that entails is still unclear, but that message is being received in Pyongyang.

More events are expected on April 25, when the country celebrates the founding of the Korean People's Army.

  • Jon Douglas