Time running out on North Korea

US President Donald Trump offered some backhanded praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, calling him "a pretty smart cookie" in a television interview that aired yesterday.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses North Korea's missiles and says "Perhaps they're just not very good missiles but eventually he'll have good missiles. if that happens, we can't allow it to happen" on CBS News' Face the Nation program, Sunday (April 30).

TRUMP: I don't know.

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in apparent defiance of a United States push for tougher global sanctions to curb the Asian country's nuclear threat.

Trump said he had "no idea" whether Kim was sane or not, but said the North Korean leader had faced a formidable challenge in taking over the country at a reported age of 27 after his father's death in 2011.

It reportedly blew up just seconds after take-off, increasing speculation that the USA military has been causing North Korea's recent failed missile launches.

Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd. stopped services shortly after 6 a.m.as part of measures adopted this month under which services are halted after reports of a North Korean missile launch until confirming that it's safe to operate, Kyodo News said. The program's repeated failures over the past few years have given rise to suspicions of USA sabotage.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile Friday, but the weapon failed.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke at a dawn service in the northeastern city of Townsville where Australians and Americans gathered to remember the pivotal Battle of Coral Sea, which was fought from May 4-8, 1942, in waters about 500 miles away.

'It may mean ratcheting up those sanctions even further and it also means being prepared for military operations if necessary, ' McMaster said. I mean, we'll see. North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they're seen as part of the North's push for a nuclear-tipped missile that can hit the USA mainland.

They said the USA ship is expected to refuel other American warships, including the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group. In recent weeks, the USA has strengthened its defense posture in the region by sending warships and starting an early deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.

Residents in the village of Seongj, where the system is being installed, scuffled with police on Sunday.

North Korea said the bombers conducted "a nuclear bomb dropping drill against major objects" in its territory at a time when Trump and "other US warmongers are crying out for making a preemptive nuclear strike" on the North.

"Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan", he said.

He has said the security benefits of THAAD would be offset by worsened relations with China, which is the country's biggest trading partner and is opposed to its deployment.

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