U.S. may preemptively strike North Korea

As NBC News pointed out, a reckless military operation by Trump in North Korea could encourage North Korean madman Kim Jong-un to launch an attack on American ally South Korea, triggering an all-out war in the region that could have global ramifications.

The United States may launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea if it goes ahead with a nuclear or missile test, a number of USA intelligence officials told NBC news on Thursday. He said Pyongyang won't "keep its arms crossed" in face of a preemptive strike by the United States.

Mr Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday that the North is "looking for trouble".

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said he believed Washington would consult Seoul if it was considering a pre-emptive strike against the North.

An influential state-backed Chinese newspaper, the Global Times, said North Korea's best option was to give up its nuclear programme, and added that China would protect it if it did.

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.

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

-South Korea joint military drills in return for a freeze on Pyongyang's nuclear program a "seemingly logical" but "ridiculous" story. "So that's why. It's not the DPRK but the USA and Trump that makes trouble".

Han Song Ryol, North Korea's vice minister of foreign affairs speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Outwardly, there are few signs of concern in North Korea despite the political back and forth. Alongside its ritual ballistic missile tests, North Korea has conducted nuclear tests on five occasions, two of which in 2016.

China suspended permit issuance for North Korean coal imports on February 18 as part of its effort to implement United Nations sanctions.

"Living for some 25 years in Washington and three years in Australia, I always believed the USA intentionally avoided war since it had a broad picture".

Around 200 foreign journalists gathered in Pyongyang for North Korea's biggest national day, the "Day of the Sun", were taken to what was billed by officials as a "big and important event" early on Thursday.

Trump has repeatedly said he will prevent Pyongyang from developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. "We will go to war if they choose".

"The problem will be taken care of", Trump told reporters in the White House shortly after the bombing.

Beijing says it will not countenance measures that could bring about a collapse of the regime that could release a flood of refugees across its border, destabilize northeast Asia and result in a USA -friendly government taking power in Pyongyang.

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.

"With no good tools at our disposal, we should keep working on the diplomatic front, cooperating with the worldwide community and applying more pressure on the North", he said.

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

The Saturday anniversary may provide the world with a look at some of that arsenal.

  • Carolyn Briggs