North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations spoke before the U.N. Disarmament Commission on Monday, stressing the country's right to self-defense. The missile barrage enhances Trump's image as a leader willing to use US military power quickly and in a precision-strike manner - which is exactly the scenario that concerns North Korea most.
"But there's a real commitment that we work together to see if this can not be resolved in a peaceful way".
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.
Trump told Xi that he welcomes any ideas China has on the issue and the US would be happy to work with Beijing.
Koreans on either side of the border tend to back each other's teams when they play other countries.
Huang Jing, of the National University of Singapore, said Trump's latest remarks en route to his meeting with Xi removed doubts about USA unilateral action over the North.
And exercising the military option added some extra weight to Trump's recent threat of unilateral action against Pyongyang if Beijing fails to help curb its neighbour's nuclear weapons programme. "That's one of the things we are going to be talking about", Trump told reporters ahead of the meeting.
Additionally, Gatling said, using an offensive cyber-strategy would leave no trace if Pyongyang analysed the failed missiles for clues.
The attack could also be a message to China that the US may act on its own unless China reins in the North.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said yesterday the air strikes were the result of a "72-hour evolution", which marked a reversal of Mr Trump's previous position, stated as recently as this week, that the U.S. would not interfere in Syria.
"This was Trump's first major move in global affairs, and it leaves an impression that the decision was made in haste and not without contradiction", the newspaper said.
The US strikes came as Donald Trump hosted China's President Xi Jinping in Florida to press the leader to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions. My representatives have been meeting one-on-one with their counterparts from China and I think truly progress has been made.
It is highly unlikely - even with the increasingly aggressive rhetoric from USA president Donald Trump - that the U.S. would admit conducting such a cyberattack.
"It's a signal that Trump's administration will not only talk, they will act", said Wang Dong, Associate Professor and Director of the School of International Studies at Peking University. "Of course there are no supporters who have come from North Korea, but what's noticeable is that the crowds are not only cheering for the home team".
In response, Xi said the two sides "arrived at many common understandings", including the need to deepen friendship. Both countries have technically been at war for over 50 years, as no peace treaty has ever been signed.
On Wednesday, Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea, prompting a swift rebuke from Japan and South Korea.
In 1969, President Richard Nixon had to decide how to respond when North Korea shot down a USA spy plane with the loss of 31 American personnel. On Thursday, Pyongyang's foreign ministry released a memorandum saying the USA should be totally accountable for a possible outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula.
A defiant North Korea has fired yet another missile.
United Nations resolutions bar North Korea from developing nuclear and missile technology.
North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005.