North Korean leader Kim Jong Un testing intercontinental ballistic missiles - missiles that could potentially reach Alaska. But more importantly, Trump's concern is backed by experts who say North Korea is far ahead of their schedule in weapons development.
US President Donald Trump has been openly expressing disappointment over China's lukewarm stance in curbing its economic trade with North Korea, which reportedly grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, raising the possibility for broader secondary sanctions.
"With its latest successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea has demonstrated intent and capability to hit the USA homeland - and as President Trump said, we must never allow this to happen", said Gardner who chairs the Senate East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Subcommittee. The United States' greatest strength (our overwhelming military superiority to North Korea) is also our greatest weakness in dealing with the North Korean problem.
Brian Becker: From the beginning, Donald Trump has exaggerated the significance that China plays in the decision-making of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. "Now, I speak nicely about China because I really do believe they're trying to help out with respect to North Korea".
This goes against a general trend of regional distrust in North Korea, with at least 45 percent of the people in Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan seeing the country in negative light.
President Trump: avoid unnecessary bloodshed if you can, but above all face down the North Koreans and eliminate the threat that they pose once and for all.
A delegation of Opposition leaders have met North Korean embassy officials in New Delhi amid stand-off between United States and Pyongyang, according to Indian Express greport. It seems Kim Jong Un sends thousands of his citizens to Russian Federation to work and earns hard currency in exchange. Unlike South Korea, there are no foreign troops in North Korea. North Korea is a sovereign country. South Korea's Defense Ministry said there was no indication that North Korea had carried out a nuclear test.
UN Security Council Resolution 2270, approved in March 2016, included a ban on all exports of materials like coal, iron and iron ore from North Korea.
"So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!" he added.
Still, Chinese purchases of North Korean iron ore are contributing to tensions between the US and China following President Donald Trump's statement last week expressing annoyance about China-North Korea economic ties.
Global sanctions against Pyongyang combined with a dearth of products that can be exported has left the impoverished and isolated country short on cash.
The Senator also admitted that military options were not realistic, saying that "direct negotiations" along with increasing pressure and sanctions were the only way forward.