South Korean leader observes missile test amid North's threats

The US has also urged China, Pyongyang's sole ally, to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to help rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.

The technology used for putting satellites into space are the same ones used for an ICBM capable of reaching the west coast of the United States, Fox News quoted American officials as saying.

Read: How Did North Korea React To US' Successful Missile Interceptor Test Over Pacific Ocean?

Moon Chung-in, the president's special security adviser, created a row after he recently told a forum in Washington that the allies may consider scaling back military exercises in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea this year has tested several new missile systems, including a powerful midrange missile experts say could one day reach targets as far as Hawaii or Alaska.

In their assessment, a USA official confided under the condition of anonymity that the new rocket being tested by North Korea could be a key component of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) engine.

Another official confirmed the test but did not give away further details on what kind of rocket component was being tested or whether it fit into the ICBM program.

North Korea has conducted another rocket test, this time for a propulsion system that could make its way into an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to United States officials.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in watches a test-firing of an indigenously developed ballistic missile at the state-run Agency for Defense Development in Taean, South Korea. "South Korea may seek understanding from the USA over its strategy in resolving the North's nuke issue".

US President Trump said earlier this year that he would be open to talking with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un one-on-one under the right circumstances, but White House spokesman Sean Spicer poured cold water on that prospect on Tuesday in light of Mr Warmbier's death.

Also on hand was North Korea's top sports official Jang Woong, the country's sole International Olympic Committee member, together with a North Korean delegation of athletes.

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