North Korea has threatened the U.S. with "all-out war" and announced that Pyongyang would continue to test missiles on a weekly basis. Mexico's government says it will fight any measures in a USA tax overhaul that break global trade rules, and threatens to review cross-border cooperation on migration and security if upcoming negotiations founder.

Vice President Mike Pence cuts short the final leg of his Asia trip to hurry back to Washington, where the administration faces a critical week on tax reform and a funding plan to keep the government running, an aide says. China's defence ministry has also repeatedly criticized THAAD's deployment and said the military will take unspecified actions in response.

"North Korea's a big world problem, and it's a problem we have to finally solve".

Separately, a senior administration official told AFP that the United States is considering adding North Korea to its list of countries that are designated as "state sponsors of terrorism".

He argued that all options remained on the table, saying that "we want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees".

Earlier, the top USA commander in the Pacific defended the deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.

While the administration has said military strikes remain an option, officials have stressed tougher sanctions as the key strategy given the risks of massive North Korean retaliation - essentially representing a continuation of the policy of former President Barack Obama's administration, which failed to slow Pyongyang's weapons programs.

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After briefing senators at the White House, top U.S. officials said President Donald Trump also aimed to pursue diplomatic measures with allies and regional partners.

John McCain, who got a preview of Trump's message at a dinner with the president this week.

With global support, the Trump administration wants to exert a "burst" of economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea that yields results within months to push the communist government to change course from developing nuclear weapons. Tillerson is chairing a U.N. Security Council meeting Friday created to get nations to enforce existing penalties on North Korea and weigh new ones. That has sparked speculation that the administration is testing the appetite on Capitol Hill for the potential use of preemptive airstrikes against North Korea. "One of these days soon, he will succeed", Harris said. It vowed victory in a "death-defying struggle against the USA imperialists". North Korea did launch a missile on April 16, but it exploded within seconds.

Abe also said he and Trump agreed that a larger role in dealing with Pyongyang should be played by China.

"This is the strongest-ever U.S. move related to the North Korean nuclear issue". In Berlin Wednesday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said North Korea must suspend its nuclear activities, but "on the other side, the large-scale military maneuvers in Korean waters should be halted". RETREAT ON THE WALL The threat of a US government shutdown this weekend appears to recede after Trump backs away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill.

Geng said "China will firmly be taking necessary measures to defend our own interests" but offered no details.


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