Japan PM: NKorea may be capable of sarin-loaded missiles

Mr Abe's comments on Thursday come amid looming concern about another missile or nuclear test by the communist country. The Prime Minister emphasized that Japan should take the example seriously and stressed the need to strengthen its deterrence initiatives against North Korea5. The allegations of sarin gas capabilities add fuel to a growing fire that could be the next major global conflict, and if true, should prompt all players to consider their next moves carefully for the coming weeks. USA markets will be closed Friday for the Good Friday holiday. If China decides to help, that would be great.

Kosachev says there is a "small hope" that President Donald Trump's administration would listen to warnings from Russian Federation and China not to use military force against nuclear-armed Pyongyang. "It might happen in East Asia, in North Korea", he was quoted as saying. He emphasized that the crisis could only be settled by political and diplomatic means. And with U.S. -South Korean wargames ongoing, North Korean has intensified rhetoric warning it would retaliate strongly against any aggression.

The ministry said Friday that Han Song Ryol's remarks reveal the "true colors of North Korea's government that is bellicose and a breaker of regulations".

North Korea appears to be taking an aggressive posture after the US bombed Syria last week.

Analysts have said new activity has been monitored at North Korea's nuclear test site and satellite images taken Wednesday shows the base is "primed and ready", said U.S. based 38 North. "No one can become a victor".

Kim, who arrived in a black limousine, did not make a speech.

His tweets might not have held much sway had he not ordered unilateral air strikes on a Syrian military airfield Thursday, a direct confrontation with the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and a response to the Syrian leader's use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Asian shares fell Friday as investors fretted over rising geopolitical tensions, especially the situation on the Korean Peninsula. They've also gathered reports that the nuclear test site is "primed and ready" for a new round.

This item corrects spelling of Guo. Although the North denies it, the country, which is not a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, is suspected of running an advanced chemical weapons program.

"There's a whole host of things that are possible, all the way up to what's essentially a trade quarantine on North Korea", one official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters in Washington. "Whatever comes from USA politicians, if their words are created to overthrow the DPRK system and government, we will categorically reject them".

Asian markets retreated amid reports that a North Korean official had threatened to "go to War" if provoked by the U.S., which the day before had used its largest non-nuclear bomb ever against underground tunnels used by IS fighters in Afghanistan.

A Seoul-based news agency said Abe appears to be making the most of tensions stirred by the USA and North Korea as a way to rally up his core right-wing supporters.

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

Trump and China's president discussed North Korea at a meeting last week in Florida.

Abe made the remarks during a national security panel, according to the Associated Press.

"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words".

Even so, South Korea's joint chiefs of staff downplayed expectations of an imminent nuclear test, with spokesman Roh Jae-cheon saying the military saw no particular signs that North Korea is preparing any provocative actions. He also said the situation on the Korean Peninsula was in a "vicious cycle" as tensions with the USA and its allies deepen.

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

These celebrations coincide with increased tension in the peninsula after the USA responded to the latest North Korean missile launch by sending a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier towards the peninsula, said the report.

North Korea's vice foreign minister says the situation on the Korean Peninsula is now in a "vicious cycle".

  • Leroy Wright