There is no time to lose: Any of these developments could occur in a matter of months or at most years. "We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely".
North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released this undated photo on March 19, 2017, showing leader Kim Jong Un as watching the ground jet test of a Korean-style high-thrust engine. "What the military units are doing now is practicing - practicing for a nuclear war".
The problem is that missile defense is imperfect and deterrence is uncertain.
According to the Telegraph, the aircraft carrier seen in the photo is the USS Carl Vinson, which is participating in joint drills with South Korea and Japan.
Not only is there little reason to expect diplomatic solutions to work today where they failed before, but any military option has long since passed beyond the realm of thinkable. Trump's surreal behavior condones doubts about his capacity to deal with complicated threats such as North Korea, particularly when so much depends on discerning what is fiction-and what is reality.
"The North Korean regime has never been shy when it comes to bragging about their missiles", Schilling wrote.
Unha rockets are what the North has used to put satellites into orbit.
This brings us to diplomacy.
The top United States diplomat indicated a need for tougher UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea's nuclear programme and other weapons of mass destruction. It became yet another wishful attempt at compromise as the two heavyweights struggle to forge a common strategy over North Korea's expanding nuclear program.
"We talked about cooperation in economics and in other fields".
"The most important thing for the meeting was eliminating the uncertainty in the relationship between China and the United States", he says.
Rep. Ben Sherman, D-Calif., had no illusions about China's relationship with North Korea but stressed that a focus on the connective ties at home must also be addressed if putting a stop to the arms race is a real priority for the new administration.
At the same time, the USA should limit how far it is willing to go.
Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited several countries around East Asia, declaring diplomacy with North Korea to have failed, and vowing a "new approach". "We don't have the reason to be optimistic".
Malaysia has also ended visa-free status for North Koreans entering Malaysia, recalled its ambassador in Pyongyang and banned its national soccer team travelling to North Korea.
Few North Korea observers deny the failure of the strategy. Continued conversations with China about how best to respond to possible scenarios on the peninsula clearly make sense.