"The next US administration is expected to maintain a policy of pressure and sanctions against North Korea".
The South Korean navy said yesterday that it would conduct an exercise in the East Sea to practise countering possible missile attacks by North Korean submarines.
"Our commitment to the defence of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, is ironclad". At the same time he emphasized that the USA must be tough in dealing with any provocations, saying, "This guy doesn't play games".
"We are with you all the way and we will not waver", Trump said. "We will all be safe together".
Some members of parliament have suggested that the country has little choice but to consider nuclear armament if USA forces are withdrawn while North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons and missiles that could carry them.
"Washington's hope for North Korea's denuclearisation is an outdated illusion".
It also criticized President Barack Obama's policy of strategic patience, saying it has only increased the burden on his successor.
Such developments have escalated global fears, and the United States and South Korea have been pushing governments around the world to take unilateral action, including discouraging countries from using North Korean workers and ending visa waivers for North Koreans.
With Republican candidate Donald J. Trump's election as the next USA president, Korea is already uneasy over what potential changes he may bring about in foreign policy and security issues in the region.
Clapper, speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations in NY last month, said negotiating a cap on North Korea's nuclear program is likely America's best hope to corralling it.
"The primary constraint on its program is gone", Lewis said.
In February, Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket in an apparent test to check its long-range ballistic missile technology.
Although Trump has not laid out a clear direction for his policy on North Korea, he has indicated that he would be open to negotiations with its leader Kim Jong-Un in the United States to talk him out of his nuclear ambitions.
This US Department of Defense handout photo shows the launching of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile on US Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean on November 1, 2015.