Graham: 'I'm Willing To Obliterate' Targets In North Korea To Prevent Attack

The phone call between the two leaders comes as Trump continues to press Xi to exert greater pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program.

The submarine's arrival comes as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heads toward the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

North Korea has ambitions to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States mainland.

"What's only laid for aggressors is dead bodies", it continued.

North Korea on Sunday threatened to sink the American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which is beginning joint drills with two Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific Ocean. North Korea conducted two nuclear tests previous year alone, which would have improved its knowledge on making nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles. "China has been considerably helpful in putting pressure on him", Haley said, referring to last week's Security Council press statement unanimously condemning the North's latest missile launch.

China, which has repeatedly called for the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula, is increasingly anxious the situation could spin out of control, leading to war and a chaotic collapse of its isolated, impoverished neighbor.

Xi's call to President Donald Trump also comes as America's United Nations envoy warns of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a us military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Tuesday marks the founding anniversary of North Korea's armed forces.

Although a major event around the anniversary was viewed as possible, the morning came and went without any nuclear tests or ballistic missile launches. Trump has repeatedly promised that China will earn a better trade deal with the US if it helps to exert pressure on its allied neighbouring nation.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump agreed to urge North Korea to refrain from what Abe called provocative actions.

The U.S. State Department said "protection of U.S. citizens is one of [its] highest priorities". "He feels it. That's why he's responding this way and I think it is a different day", she said. The country has said it will respond in kind to any U.S. attack, and it has warned it would strike the United States mainland and USA carriers and forces in the region, specifically U.S. bases in South Korea and Japan.

South Korea's Defense Ministry has stated that the North appears prepared to conduct "strategic provocations" at any time.

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

North Korea defiantly said in a state media commentary marking the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army's that its military was prepared "to bring to closure the history of USA scheming and nuclear blackmail". "Any American president who would subject this country to a missile attack from North Korea is making a huge mistake, because it's an unstable regime".

However, the group said it was unclear whether the site was in a "tactical pause" before another test or was carrying out normal operations.

The cost of protection against South Korean sovereign debt defaults fell on Monday, reversing a recent expansion in spreads, as traders took a wait-and-see approach ahead of North Korea's military anniversary and the upcoming presidential election in May.

  • Leroy Wright