The National Security Council has presented President Trump with options in response to North Korea's nuclear program that include placing American nuclear weapons in South Korea, NBC News reported on Friday.
Last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged in Tokyo, "I think it's important to recognize that the diplomatic and other efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to a point of denuclearization have failed".
Japan, together with the US and South Korea, tightened sanctions in December 2016, following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.
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Trump was meeting again with his Chinese counterpart Friday, with USA missile strikes on Syria adding weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of China's ally, North Korea. The latest punitive measures came in late February after the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Under his leadership, the threat to the USA and its allies has increased.
The drones would track down and identify signs of North Korea weapons deployment near the DMZ, according to the report.
A major concern for the U.S.is the North is developing an ICBM capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to targets in the continental U.S.
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Pyongyang has conducted five nuclear tests since 2006 and fired many ballistic missiles in defiance of worldwide condemnation.
For now a unified peninsula seems remote, even though leading liberal candidates running in South Korea's special presidential election on May 9 have talked about taking a softer line on North Korea.
Since then, games nominally hosted in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, have had to be played on neutral ground due to authorities' reluctance to see the South's "taegukgi" flag fluttering in their capital. "China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't".
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"We have the readiness and ability to counter any challenge from the U.S.", Kim Hyong-jun, the North Korean ambassador to Moscow, stated Thursday, "We are ready to deliver the most ruthless blow" in the event of a major U.S. provocation. "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will".