North Korea 'may be poised for new nuclear missile test'

The vast amount of coal that comes out of North Korea going to China, they've turned back the boats. "China may be prepared to do some sort of trade-off..."

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said early on Thursday that Kim Jong Un had guided training of the army's special operation forces jumping from aircraft. Compounding the situation are increasing concerns that the country's latest nuclear or missile test could come any day.

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

The phone call between the two leaders came in the wake of Trump vent his frustrations over North Korea on Twitter.

Still, Trump has threatened to act unilaterally if China-North Korea's main ally and benefactor-fails to do more to curb its neighbour's activities.

"U.S.A." Trump tweeted.

Behind closed doors, a top Trump aide said China's abstention at the United Nations helped show how isolated the Assad regime and its Russian backers - who vetoed the resolution - were. If not, we will solve the problem without them! "USA", he wrote in a second tweet.

Xi stressed that China was "committed to the target of denuclearisation on the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving problems through peaceful means", Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.

"China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula. and is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the American side over the issue on the peninsula", Xi was quoted as saying by state media.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said on Thursday he believed the United States will consult Seoul if it is considering a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. The bottom line for China is clear - no trouble or war at China's doorstep.

Two Chinese statements released directly after the Mar-A-Lago meeting didn't mention North Korea by name, even though the country had been expected to dominate discussions. "Pyongyang should avoid making mistakes at this time". "Pyongyang hopes its gamble will work, but all signs point to the opposite direction", the article said.

With the carrier group moving towards its coast this week, the North Korean regime issued defiant proclamations announcing America's "reckless moves for invading have reached a serious phase", and promising, "the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs".

North Korean authorities seek to present their isolated, impoverished country as prosperous and modern, and the project is the third of its kind in as many years in Pyongyang, but by far the largest at almost 5,000 flats in total.

China's Global Times newspaper also said in an editorial North Korea should halt any plans for nuclear and missile activities "for its own security".

"The Chinese keep expressing their opposition to the THAAD deployment, but I said the THAAD issue is already a finished story".

  • Zachary Reyes