Trump tells Abe all options on table to handle N. Korea

Wednesday's firing was made as South Korean and United States troops were conducting annual military drills that North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal. It comes a day before the start of a meeting between the US President and China's President Xi Jinping in Mar-a-Lago.

The U.S. Pacific Command confirmed the type of missile immediately, suggesting U.S. military authorities' hypersensitivity.

North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes will be high on the agenda when Trump and Xi meet at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida later on Thursday, with anger in Beijing simmering over the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

In a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, Trump again said that all options were on the table when it came to North Korea's continued missile tests.

Issuing responses to such displays may therefore be a loser's game no matter their content, said Graham. "The military was always an option".

Trump and Xi will hold their first face-to-face meeting Thursday at the USA president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida where the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula are expected to be high on the agenda. Mr Trump said in a recent interview that Washington is ready to act without Beijing's co-operation, if China is not going to solve North Korea.

North Korea failed in an attempt to launch a ballistic missile from its east coast two weeks ago.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Wednesday's launch in a terse statement. North Korea fired a ballistic missile into its e. The North has defied the ban, saying it infringes its sovereign rights to self defence and the pursuit of space exploration.

They also reaffirmed that they will press ahead with the installation of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to South Korea.

In the Pew poll taken between mid-February and mid-March, Republicans were more likely than Democrats - 70% compared to 61% - to favor using force if there were an attack, as required by treaties signed with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

Following a meeting of South Korea's National Security Council, Acting President Hwang Kyo Ahn's office said it would respond strongly to any further provocations by North Korea.

". Both agreed to push forward the deployment of THAAD by USA forces in Korea", it said.

This morning, North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, in what analysts said was a warning ahead of a China-US summit at which Pyongyang's accelerating atomic weapons programme is set to top the agenda.

The South Korean military said the missile was sacked from land near the east coast city of Sinpo and flew only about 60 kilometers (40 miles).

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