China could accept surgical strike on North Korea

North Korea's state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial the country is ready to illustrate its "military force" by sinking a "nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike".

"It seems that the view from China and the US on the Korean peninsula is getting closer".

22 April: US Vice-President Mike Pence says the group will arrive off the Korean peninsula "within days".

Washington has sent the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula, where it is expected to arrive - after a derision-provoking delay - later this week.

The council has already imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea - two adopted a year ago - to significantly ramp up punitive measures and deny Kim Jong-Un s regime hard currency revenue.

The US leader spoke about North Korea in telephone conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, the White House said in a statement.

The entire U.S. Senate has been summoned for a White House briefing Wednesday on the North Korea situation, administration officials confirmed.

Pak Yong-sik, minister of armed forces for the commie regime, said: "Our nuclear weapons capable of striking U.S. military bases in Asia-Pacific areas and the United States homeland are fully prepared to be fired from launchers".

Kim reported from Seoul, South Korea.

There's also a possibility that North Korea, facing potential changes in regional dynamics as Washington presses Beijing to pressure Pyongyang more aggressively, opts to mark the anniversary with a missile launch of lesser magnitude.

Speaking during a visit to Greece, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there were already enough shows of force and confrontation and appealed for calm.

The incessant drum beat was continued last week with statements from the U.S. defence and state departments.

"If the enemies dare opt for the military adventure despite our repeated warnings, our armed forces will wipe the strongholds of aggression off the surface of the earth through the powerful pre-emptive nuclear attacks", said Pak Yong-sik, minister of the North Korean armed forces. As a candidate, he questioned the institution's effectiveness in dealing with global threats.

Kim, whose Korean name is Kim Sang-duk, was taken into custody Saturday at Pyongyang International Airport as he was trying to leave the country.

But no such event - which usually happens in the morning - had taken place by noon, and Seoul's defence ministry said "no unusual development had been detected".

North Korea's military staged a "large-scale artillery drill" in the country's east Tuesday to mark the founding of the country's army.

It has in the past marked important anniversaries with tests of its weapons.

There have been fears that North Korea will use the anniversary as an excuse to carry out another missile test at a time of heightened tensions between the USA and the secretive Communist state, which launched a failed test in April.

It has also carried out a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

South Korea's envoy for North Korea Kim Hong-kyun says he and his Japanese and American counterparts have agreed to "maximize pressure" on North Korea to prevent it from making further provocations. The president has warned that all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with Pyongyang, including a military strike.

"The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable", Trump told a meeting with the 15 U.N. Security Council ambassadors, including China and Russian Federation, at the White House on Monday.

North Korean officials have previously said that Mr Trump's hostile rhetoric is escalating tensions between the countries.

Recent U.S. commercial satellite images indicate increased activity around North Korea's nuclear test site, and third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un has said that the country's preparation for an ICBM launch is in its "final stage". "Very powerful", Trump told Bartiromo.

  • Larry Hoffman