Trump warns of 'major conflict' with North Korea

"We know that China is in communications with the regime in Pyongyang", Mr Tillerson said.

North Korea is seeking to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them past year. "That's been the agenda for the last 20 years".

The South Korean government has said that it will not abide by the US President Donald Trump's suggestion that it should pay for a $1bn missile defence system the two allies are installing in South Korea to guard against threats from North Korea.

"It's a billion-dollar system", Trump said in an interview with the Reuters news agency.

The council has imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea - two of which were adopted previous year - to significantly ramp up pressure and deny Kim Jong-Un's regime the hard currency revenue needed for his military programs. It would be suicide for the North Korean regime to engage in that.

Trump walked back from one of his signature campaign promises to exit the North American Free Trade Agreement, instead saying that his administration is ready to renegotiate the treaty.

Asked whether he sees Kim Jong Un's regime as his biggest worldwide concern, Trump replied, "Yes, I would say that's true, yes".

US assertions about the Koreas drew silence Friday in Beijing, which refused to confirm it was turning up pressure on North Korea, and consternation in Seoul, which dismissed President Donald Trump's claim that he would get South Korea to renegotiate a trade deal and make it pay for a missile defense system.

As a candidate, Trump had said he would be willing to speak with Kim.

The U.S. says it is not trying to bring about regime change in North Korea, and that the primary goal is denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said China has told the US it will impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests. "But he is not insane".

"He's 27 years old".

He specifically addressed the need for China to take more action against the regime. As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it. "I hope he's rational".

Tillerson did not say when China made the threat.

The secretary insisted to Fox that the administration's approach is different from that of the Obama administration in both intensity and expectations for global cooperation.

North Korea has released a propaganda video simulating a missile strike on the Capitol building in Washington with a warning it will destroy the USA if threatened. "The threat of a North Korean attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real".

China has certainly noticed and is conveying its alarm. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi countered that a solution doesn't lie with Beijing and suggested resuming a long-stalled dialogue with Pyongyang.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman also signaled China's displeasure about the tone of the United Nations meeting. "Yes, I would say that's true, yes".

The US expects a "strong course of condemnation" from attendees, he added. "They said, 'Is there any way we can do something without you - without termination?' I said, 'What do you want to do?' He said, 'Well, we'd like to negotiate.' I said we'll think about it", he said in the interview.

"It is an unshakable will of the DPRK to go to the end if the USA wants to remain unchanged in its confrontational stance".

Talking to reporters, he repeated a proposal for North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a suspension of large-scale U.S.

China wants North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program but is wary of destabilizing its traditional ally, on whose side it fought in the 1950-53 Korean War.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Thursday to discuss Pyongyang's continued political stand off with the US and its allies in the Asia Pacific region, ahead of a UN Security Council ministerial meeting on the matter.

"We are looking at a broad range of options", the official said.

The rhetoric and muscle-flexing have been seen in some quarters as brinksmanship, particularly with an unpredictable and potentially unstable leader such as Kim, putting some observers on edge.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from IL, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that "the White House is ratcheting up rhetoric in a way that has no off-ramp". We own them. We retain them.

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