"I wouldn't speculate on what North Korea's activities are or aren't", White told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday.
North Korean defectors often come over to South Korea with parasites, in one case with more than 30 types of ringworm. It denies North Korea's persistent accusation that it is planning to invade.
Images of a test stand indicated continued testing of a mechanism for ejection launch of missiles from a submarine. A move to develop an operational ballistic missile submarine wouldn't be unexpected, CNBC reports.
China on Thursday reiterated its call for an agreement between North Korea and the USA under which the North would gain concessions if it freezes its nuclear weapons program, apparently contradicting remarks a day earlier by President Donald Trump.
"The main issue in DPRK [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea] is a monotonous diet, mainly rice or maize, kimchi and bean paste, lacking in essential fats and protein", WFP said. Building a vehicle that can protect warheads from the heat and stress of a return flight - or re-entry capability - is critical for developing functional intermediate-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Trump has previously called negotiations with the isolated nation a waste of time.
Today (Friday), North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Han Tae-song claimed that his country won't negotiate with the USA as long as the military cooperation between the US and South Korea continues.
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If the objects are indeed pieces of a pressure hull, they are bigger than what is used for North Korea's current ROMEO-class attack submarines.
Yonhap, citing unidentified diplomats in Beijing, said there was a good chance that Mr Song would meet Mr Kim tomorrow. "The parasite infection problem seems to be serious even if it does not represent the entire North Korean population".
The Asean statement said the growing tension between the United States and North Korea should be resolved through a "peaceful" approach, thus, appealed that the two nations exercise "self-restraint" and start non-adversarial dialogue.
Southeast Asian leaders have consistently expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear program.
In an interview with Reuters, Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, brushed off the new sanctions which the Trump administration says it's preparing, as well as the possibility of North Korea being added to a USA list of states sponsoring terrorism.
"The DPRK, my country, will continue to build up its self-defence capability, the pivot of which is nuclear forces and capability for a triumphant. strike, as long as United States and hostile forces keep up (the) nuclear threat and blackmail", he said.