NKorean official: Situation in a 'vicious cycle'

In this undated photo distributed on Friday, April 14, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches a military drill at an undisclosed location. He also said the situation on the Korean Peninsula was in a "vicious cycle" as tensions with the US and its allies deepen.

The U.S.is aware that simply preparing an attack, even if it will only be launched if there is an "imminent" North Korean action, increases the danger of provoking a large conflict, multiple sources told NBC News. Pyongyang, meanwhile, recently launched a ballistic missile and some experts say it could conduct another nuclear test at virtually anytime.

Beijing has repeatedly called for a "dual-track and suspension" approach where the North would stop its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the United States and South Korea halting military exercises.

"Whatever comes from USA politicians, if their words are created to overthrow the DPRK system and government, we will categorically reject them".

"We certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a USA pre-emptive strike", he said.

This in turn reduced USA options and "makes it more likely that you get a bad decision, a tough day for the leader of North Korea", he told Washington's Center for Strategic and global studies.

Japan's National Security Council has discussed how to evacuate the country's almost 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis, a government official said on Friday.

"Military force can not resolve the issue", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Reuters in Beijing.

He said: "North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of".

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned the US that attempts to rely on force to pressure North Korea will not help.

Wang said China would be willing to help facilitate efforts by the sides to reach out to each other in whatever form that takes.

A Washington-based think tank that monitors North Korea, 38 North, said satellite image taken on Wednesday showed continued activity around the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site the east coast that showed it was ready for a new test.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and South Korea.

The Kremlin said it's watching the developments around the North with "great concern". It is also believed that North Korea may use the nuclear test as part of this Sunday's birthday celebration of leader Kim Jong-un's grandfather, Kim Il-sung, founder of the current North Korean regime. "I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power" over North Korea, he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

"Whatever comes from the U.S., we will cope with it".

"We are fully committed to our security alliances, especially in the face of our evolving security challenges, as we've seen the nuclear threat of North Korea".

This suggests that the North wants to improve relations with the outside world to avoid isolation from the global community, according to South Korea's Ministry of Unification.

Despite pressure from the global community, Pyongyang has made no secret of its nuclear ambitions.

  • Leroy Wright