From the U.S. side, White House national security adviser HR McMaster told a conference in California on Saturday that the chances for war on the Korean Peninsula grow daily.
US policy, he said, is "to deny North Korea the capability to hit America with a nuclear-tipped missile". "And whether it's a success or failure isn't as important as understanding that over the years he's been learning from failures, improving, thereby increasing his threat to all of us".
North Korea under previous sanctions resolutions is banned from conducting such tests but has continued to fire off a succession of missiles, some of which have flown over Japan, and conducted its sixth nuclear test in September. A Honolulu-based newspaper said a missile launched in North Korea could reach Hawaii within 20 minutes.
DONALD Trump's national security adviser said the possibility of war with North Korea increases "every day" as the rogue nation said America was "begging for war".
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That sparked a strong rebuke Friday from Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Pyongyang condemned the scheduled annual drill.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the United States is planning to carry out the largest-ever joint aerial drill with South Korea targeting the DPRK from December 4 to 8, which he said will push the current touch-and-go situation in the peninsula to a possible flare-up.
"What matters is the fact that the drill simulating an actual war is to be staged at a time when insane President Trump is running wild", a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency said. "U.N. Security Council measures".
It is likely the ballistic missile, fired higher than any previous North Korean missile, broke up as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere, the official said.
The isolationist state recently tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that, it claimed, could reach anywhere on the U.S. mainland. "This would be the most destabilizing development I think in the post-World War II period".