Korean official blames Trump for region's 'vicious cycle'

Close consultation and a rock solid alliance between South Korea and the United States are the keys to efforts to terminate North Korea's nuclear ambitions, South Korea's foreign minister said Friday.

Trump wants China to help contain North Korea, but in recent weeks he has signaled a willingness to handle the issue alone.

Trump commented on North Korea after he was asked about the USA military's decision to drop the largest non-nuclear weapon it has ever used in combat on an area of eastern Afghanistan.

Han told AP that Pyongyang won't "keep its arms crossed" in the face of a USA pre-emptive strike.

He cited not only the US-South Korean wargames and the deployment of the aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, but also a tweet Mr Trump posted on Tuesday in which he said the North is "looking for trouble".

Recent North Korean missile tests has stoked US fears that Pyongyang may soon develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland.

It said North Korea will face strong punishment it will find hard to withstand if it makes a significant provocation, such as another nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile launch. "So that's why. It's not the DPRK but the USA and Trump that makes trouble".

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that North Korea was "looking for trouble" and added that if China doesn't do its part to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the US can handle it.

New satellite images show that North Korea may be preparing to conduct its sixth nuclear test.

"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea". Despite reports that Washington is considering military action if the North goes ahead with another nuclear test, Han did not rule out the possibility of a test in the near future.

"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words", Mr Han said.

The annual U.S. -South Korea military exercises have consistently infuriated the North, which views them as rehearsals for an invasion.

Speaking to a meeting organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Yun Byung-se expressed concerns that the North's nuclear threat has reached a "new level of seriousness" that requires an unwavering alliance between the allies more than ever.

The ongoing conduct of the government of North Korea is a "problem" that will be "taken care of", President Donald Trump told reporters according to a White House pool report on Thursday, APA reports quoting Sputnik. Officials believe a nuclear test could come as soon as this weekend, on the anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder Kim il-Sung. Expectations are high the North may put its newest missiles on display during a military parade that could be held to mark the event.

  • Leroy Wright