Are you anxious about escalating tensions between USA and North Korea?
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 17:03
"North Korea is a problem", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday.
A Pentagon official told Business Insider that the USA had heard the reports but had "not seen anything to corroborate it".
A television screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (right) saluting.
"When North Korea acts up with some sort of provocation, the Chinese in the past have moved their troops to reinforce their deployments in the northeast for military preparedness", Yun said.
The festivities, celebrating the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un's grandfather, took place amid concerns that North Korea is possibly preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a significant rocket launch, such as its first flight test of an ICBM.
A senior North Korean government official says the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at an enormous parade celebrating the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.
Experts have said Pyongyang has a nuclear device ready to test, and the United States has signaled a loss of patience with North Korea pursuing nuclear weapons with the intent of one day threatening the US.
He added: "We will go to war if they choose".
"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack", Choe said during the parade in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, which was also attended by Kim Jong Un.
While not publicly defining its plans, the White House has said that all options are on the table to prevent North Korea from acquiring the ability to strike the US with a nuclear weapon.
Many experts believe that at its current pace of testing, North Korea could reach that potentially game-changing milestone within a few years - under Trump's watch as president.
Another missile test from Sinpo failed earlier this month, when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean.
The North has owned up to one such facility, at its Nyongbyon nuclear complex, but the USA government assumes it has more. "I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea", he tweeted."If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!" However, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Friday that the Trump administration has settled on a policy that will emphasize on increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea's only major ally, instead of military options or trying to overthrow Kim's leadership.
"That's a big step, and they have many other steps that I know about", Trump said at a news conference.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged all parties on Friday "to stop provoking and threatening each other and not to make the situation irretrievable", according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Beijing has long opposed dramatic action against the North, fearing the regime's collapse would send a flood of refugees across its borders and leave the U.S. military on its doorstep.
"Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple loss".
The event made clear how vital the state's nuclear programme is to its future ambitions as it continues to ignore growing pressure from the USA to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.
North Korea saw the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moammar Gadhafi in Libya - neither of whom had nuclear weapons - as proof of the weapons' power.
The extended-range Scud missile in that earlier launch suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea's east coast, according to USA imagery and assessments.
North Korea, still technically at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce but not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan. Also on display was a powerful midrange missile that outside analysts call a "Musudan", and which can potentially reach US air bases in Guam, as well as a new solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired from land mobile launchers, making them harder to detect before launch.