USA tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one
He added: "But at the same time dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".
While Pentagon officials are clear to point out that potential future operations will not be discussed, there is acknowledgement that various contingency scenarios and possible action plans regarding the situation with North Korea - are under review.
South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance.
China could ratchet up economic pressure to coerce Pyongyang into agreeing to USA terms for talks. TRADE WITH JAPAN Japan has less room to compromise with the United States under a bilateral trade deal than under a multilateral agreement like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its deputy prime minister says, taking a swipe at USA attempts to directly pressure Tokyo into opening up heavily protected markets like agriculture.
He said the country should have been dealt with by President Obama and "previous presidents all the way back to Clinton".
North Korea isn't your regular totalitarian dictatorship.
Americans "always have to be concerned" about the prospect of a thermonuclear war with North Korea, Donald Trump has said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the main shrine of Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Citing U.S. intelligence officials, Reuters reported that the U.S.is considering tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, banning operations of the regime's airline Air Koryo and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang.
Japan's ruling party recently urged the government to introduce advanced missile-defense equipment such as a land-based Aegis or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which is being introduced in South Korea.
North Korea has a long history of portraying the mock violent demise of the United States in animated videos, usually released to mark national holidays.
While many details about North Korea's nuclear missile technology are likely not publically available, Mann may have likely been referring to the often-cited North Korea's Taepodong 2 long-range missile.
The proposed US-drafted statement seen by AFP would have demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests" and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test on Sunday.