Trump hints USA may use military force against NK if necessary

North Korea is asking the US to soften its stance in denuclearisation talks that have made little progress despite three meetings between the two countries' leaders

State media has also reported over the past year on factories, families and individuals who sent winter jackets, tools, shoes, blankets and biscuits to Samjiyon, which the defectors said was part of the cash-strapped regime's campaign to source supplies from the public.

In the latest statement from Pyongyang, one of several warnings issued via state media, Ri Thae Song, vice minister of foreign affairs, in charge of U.S. relations, accused Washington of trying to drag out denuclearisation talks ahead of the USA presidential election next year.

"The DPRK has done its utmost with maximum perseverance not to backtrack from the important steps it has taken on its own initiative", Ri said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Kim has reminded the region of his military might with shorter-range ballistic missile tests, the most recent of which came on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday in late November.

"What is left to be done now is the US option and it is entirely up to the USA what Christmas gift it will select to get". When a journalist put it to him that Kim continued to developed both programmes, the president replied "You don't know that", even though it reflects the USA intelligence consensus.

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North Korea tested its large multiple-rocket launcher last week when it fired off two short-range projectiles off its east coast into the sea. "That's why I call him Rocket Man", Trump said. We have a good relationship. Kim "likes sending rockets up, doesn't he?. We'll see. We'll see what happens".

The 15-member Security Council banned North Korea's use of ballistic missiles in 2006.

Despite the President's confidence however, his negotiations with various nations haven't always led to cordial exchanges and has even seen hostile relations escalate into material threat. Kim's regime has called for a step-by-step approach where any moves it makes toward disarmament are simultaneously met with a reward.Kim and Trump have met three times since June 2018 and have little to show for their unprecedented diplomacy.

"My relationship with Kim Jong-un is really good, but that doesn't mean he won't abide by the agreement we signed", Trump said. "If you would've listened to President Obama, we'd be in World War 3 right now". I can go either way. While they initially pledged to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the two sides have so far failed to agree on what that means.

Speaking on Tuesday morning during a three-day visit to the United Kingdom for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, the president said that if people had listened to former President Barack Obama "we'd be in World War 3 right now".

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