President Donald Trump on Friday once again upped the ante in his war of words with North Korea, warning Pyongyang that the US military is "locked and loaded" in the event of a misstep by the totalitarian state.
The United States said on Wednesday it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's nuclear program but said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang after it test launched a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska.
North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless".
Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week, died Monday afternoon. He was 22.
President Donald Trump opened the door Monday to a future meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, offering unusual praise for the globally ostracized leader at a time of surging nuclear tensions.
When US President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction.
President Donald Trump says that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea's nuclear program.
U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an "effective and overwhelming" response if Pyongyang chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured Seoul of steadfast U.S. support at the end of a two-day visit.