New photos show N.Korea ready for nuclear test

Xi told Trump that China believes the issue of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear weapons development should be resolved through peaceful means, according to Chinese media reports.

Due to the increased tensions between the US and North Korea, some suspect that Pyongyang will carry out its sixth nuclear test.

He was referring to a strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier that has been re-routed to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against Kim.

China holds that the issue should be solved through peaceful means, said Xi, adding that Beijing is ready to maintain communication and coordination with the U.S. on the issue, the state media reported, days after the two leaders met for the first time in Florida.

Despite previously staying quiet on the issues surrounding North Korea, the German leader has now spoken out amid increasing tensions between the hermit state and the global community.

North Korea has since warned that a nuclear attack on the U.S. would be imminent should the Trump administration show signs of aggression in the western Pacific.

The contest is viewed as a drill for the North Korean military's rear area infiltration into South Korea via helicopter, experts say.

The US President tweeted: "North Korea is looking for trouble".

United States president Donald Trump has also raised the temperature in recent weeks, warning bluntly on Twitter that he was willing to "solve the problem" with or without other allies.

"This goes to prove that the US' reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase", said a spokesman for the North's Foreign Ministry in response.

Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in North Korea, had warned earlier on Twitter that Pyongyang was "looking for trouble" and the USA would "solve the problem" with or without Beijing's help. "Very powerful", Trump told the Fox Business Network on Tuesday.

A group of western journalists now in the state were reportedly told to expect a "big and important event" - but instead of watching a display of military might saw leader Kim Jong Un open a new residential area.

The worldwide community also is concerned that North Korea could be working on an intercontinental ballistic missile, which could reach the western US, as well as other countries closer to North Korea.

A Washington-based think tank, 38 North, claimed on Wednesday that satellite images of the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site indicated an imminent new test.

The description comes from Trump's Twitter account, where he also described the call as "very good".

  • Zachary Reyes