North Korean official: U.S. more vicious, aggressive under Trump

China also warned that the situation between the US and North Korea could spiral out of control if it continued on its current path.

Analysts speculate Pyongyang could engage in a provocation soon, possibly in time for the celebration of founder Kim Il Sung's birth anniversary on Saturday.

In a statement, North Korea said: "by relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the U.S.is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war". Most analysts believe North Korea is still at least several years away from that capacity, but Pyongyang already has weapons that pose a serious threat to USA allies South Korea and Japan, and US troops based in those countries.

If China decides to help, that would be great.

Pang Zhongying of the School of International Studies at Beijing's Renmin University agreed that military action was unlikely, but said another North Korean nuclear test would mark "the crossing of a red line" that China was prepared to respond to.

South Korean officials said on Thursday there were no new signs to indicate a North Korean nuclear is more imminent but said the North has maintained a state of readiness to conduct such a test at any time. The first was of what it claims to have been a hydrogen bomb and the second was its most powerful ever.

The U.S. and South Korea are now conducting their biggest-ever joint military exercises in the region, drills which Pyongyang believes are preparations for an invasion. He said on top of the joint military drills and the deployment of the aircraft carrier, Trump's tweets are infuriating the reclusive communist state.

US president Donald Trump recently tweeted that he's confident China will "properly deal" with North Korea.

Trump has threatened that if Beijing isn't willing to do more to squeeze the North, the US might take the matter into its own hands.

Han said that Trump's "aggressive" tweets were "making trouble", according to the report. He said the United States and President Donald Trump were making trouble in the region, citing Trump's tweets and the US for moving an aircraft carrier into the region and for participating in its largest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea. "U.S. officials, mindful of such concerns here, repeatedly reaffirmed that (the U.S.) will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures", Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told a special parliamentary meeting. Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have. Kim Jung Un presided over the ceremony before about 100,000 residents and a large contingent of foreign journalists who have been allowed in to cover the holiday.

"I think that was nothing more than lip service during the campaign to make himself more popular", Han said.

"President Trump's penchant for an unpredictable foreign policy does not sit well with Beijing, which calibrates its approach based on careful assumptions of U.S. consistency", said Tiffany Ma of the DC-based National Bureau of Asian Research.

"Military force can not resolve the issue", he said.

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"We've got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a United States pre-emptive strike".

US heavy bombers are reportedly located in Guam and are ready to attack the North if necessary.

How much such comments are bluster, or how realistic they are, is hard to gauge.

"We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage", said Mr Wang.

"Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple loss".

The Chinese minister also said there would be "no winner" in a potential war, and that the party that triggered conflict would "pay the price".

The threat of a preemptive strike comes on the same day the US announced the use of its MOAB - or Mother of All Bombs - in Afghanistan, attacking underground facilities, and on the heels of USA missile strikes on a Syrian airbase last week, a strike that took place while President Trump was meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. That attack alarmed the North and was condemned as "unpardonable" by Pyongyang, which counts Syria as an ally.

  • Leroy Wright


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