Ready to respond to United States aggression: N.Korea

The statement was issued after reports from the United States that Chinese bombers were on high alert with "unusual levels" of activity.

In the face of the US moves, North Korea said on Friday the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula was "extremely perilous".

North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army on Tuesday, as it concludes winter military drills at the same time as US and South Korean exercises running until the end of April, South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said.

After meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbill, Vice-President Pence said to the press, "As President Trump made clear a few days ago, if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will".

However, Trump has also ordered what he has described as an "armada" to waters off the Korean peninsula as a warning to North Korea.

According to media reports, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency on Saturday quoted a foreign ministry spokesman alleging Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spouted "a string of rubbish against the DPRK over its entirely just steps for self-defence".

President Trump and Mike Pence have both warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the United States with their missile tests. "It needs to express its stand clearly, that it opposes the North's possession of nuclear weapons and wants it to give them up", said Professor Wang Xiangsui of Beihang University. In multiple social media messages, President Trump has requested China for support to contain treats emanating from North Korea.

It threatened the United States with a "super-mighty preemptive strike" that it said would wipe out "not only the U.S. imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the USA mainland and reduce them to ashes".

"North Korea is pushing really hard to pursue ballistic missiles".

"Chinese military is maintaining regular combat readiness and carrying out routine training drills at the China-DPRK border", People's Daily reported online. The Obama administration believed that North Korea's actions would only further undermine its legitimacy, and isolate it on the world stage to the point it would abandon its nuclear program, and commit to productive dialogue.

The officials said Trump's approach is based on a careful review of past United States efforts to deal with North Korea, noting that during the analysis of failed negotiating efforts with the long-reigning Kim family, one thing became abundantly clear: "China has never exerted maximum leverage on the Kim regime".

Signs outside some stations in the North Korean capital said sales were being restricted to diplomats or vehicles used by global organisations, while others were closed or turning away local residents.

North Korea is now the most militarised nation in the world, and added nuclear weapons to its military arsenal in the last decade. It blew up nearly immediately.

  • Leroy Wright