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Mr Rudd outlined three possible scenarios.

Four more of Japan's 34 PAC-3 units, largely used to defend the capital region, were relocated to southwestern Japan recently after North Korea warned of sending missiles toward the United States territory of Guam. "None of us want war", she said.

The United States has considered the possibility of shooting down any missiles launched by North Korea, including those that do not pose a direct threat.

The former human right lawyer-turned-liberal leader elected on a policy of engagment vis-a-vis North Korea is widely expected to use the United Nations stage to seek global support for his drive to put maximum pressure on North Korea to leave the rogue state no other option but to give up its nuclear weapons.

Since its fourth nuclear test a month later, North Korea has conducted two more nuclear tests and flight-tested a slew of new missile systems, including developmental ICBMs that could potentially reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.

"It's a bit amusing to see how the US president behaves in exactly the same way, using exactly the same words his North Korean counterparts have been using for decades", Lankov said.

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On the other side of the ledger, it needed to address the cessation of the nuclear program and abolition of the existing arsenal, Mr Rudd said.

The move came with tensions on the Korean peninsula at fever-pitch after Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test and fired two missiles over Japan in the space of less than a month.

The drills are the second part of China-Russian naval exercises this year, the first part of which took place in the Baltic in July.

Still, the decision is ensured to trigger heated political debates as many South Koreans have expressed concerns that the aid resumption would distract from efforts to step up sanctions and pressure against the North over its rapidly expanding nuclear weapons program.

On Monday, the U.S. military flew four F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a joint bombing drill with the South. Washington also carried out a war game with Japan on the same day.

Mattis also confirmed that he and his South Korean counterpart had recently discussed the possibility of putting US nuclear weapons back into South Korea, an option that has been raised publicly by some South Korean politicians.

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It said he added that the U.S trade deficit with South Korea was limited to products and was shrinking while South Korea continued to post large trade deficits with the United States in the service sector.

North Korea's nuclear test earlier this month came without warning for the Chinese who live near its border, and almost toppled many of their homes, and now they face the very real threat of nuclear contamination-making them understandably furious.

In a phone call on Monday, Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula, with the Chinese leader saying that both countries shared extensive common interests, Chinese official news agency Xinhua reports.

Last week, Trump and his top national security advisers said that there are military options available despite doubts from some experts.

Lankov said he expects North Korea to respond to Trump's threats with "equally powerful. equally comical" and "probably more ridiculous rhetoric".

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