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U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called for the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic programs to be "rapidly" tackled.

"The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly," Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden after holding his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported AFP.

Trump also thanked India for "joining us in applying new sanctions against the North Korean regime."

North Korea has violated international sanctions and UN revolutions, and has continuously carried out nuclear tests and ballistic missile tests.

The isolated country has conducted five nuclear tests since 2006, including two last year.

Last week, U.S. officials said North Korea conducted another rocket engine test which could potentially be used on a future intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

North Korea has declared that it could test-launch an ICBM “at any time” from any location set by its leader, Kim Jong Un, though it remains unclear whether any of its recent tests have been of an ICBM.

Trump has made halting Pyongyang's weapons program a top foreign policy priority. Senior officials said the administration's policy hinges on pressuring North Korea through China.