North Korea again test-fired a ballistic missile

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MNA International Desk: North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences’, reported news agency.

Military options for dealing with the North were still “on the table”, Tillerson warned in his first address to the UN body.

The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, ratchets up tensions on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang locked in an ever-tighter spiral of threat, counter-threat, and escalating military preparedness.

US President Donald Trump, who has warned of a “major conflict” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, said the latest test was a pointed snub to China—the North’s main ally and economic lifeline.