Japanese, South Korean, US Diplomats to Discuss North Korean Nuclear Issue

Angered by the approach of the United States carrier group, North Korea said this morning the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson was "an extremely unsafe act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade the North".

The statement came just hours after a North Korean newspaper said Pyongyang was ready to take out a USA aircraft carrier conducting drills with Japanese destroyers near the Philippines.

The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang said it was aware of a Korean-American citizen being detained recently, but could not comment further.

The streets of Pyongyang were quiet. Groups of people also gathered in open spaces around the city to take part in organized dancing sessions, another common way of marking holidays in North Korea.

Park said Kim taught accounting at the university for about a month.

In lieu of that, Pyongyang may test another missile.

North Korea has detained USA citizen, Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, officials said Sunday, April 23, 2017, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there.

He says: "There are a number of countries who could be more proactive" in implementing the sanctions.

An official from South Korea's navy said Tuesday the USS Michigan is making a routine stop to rest its crews and reload supplies.

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits in the Sundra Strait on April 15.

Despite the buildup, President Donald Trump has reportedly settled on a strategy that emphasizes increased pressure on North Korea with the help of China, the North's only major ally, instead of military options or trying to overthrow North Korea's government. Analysts said earlier this month that North Korea's only nuclear site is "primed and ready" for another test.

"China hopes to work with relevant parties including the United States to make the contribution to keep the peace and stability in the Korean peninsula", Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing Monday.

But South Korea's Unification Ministry said Friday it will be on high alert in case North Korea conducts a test on the holiday.

Asked about the threshold for USA action, Haley told American broadcaster NBC that "if you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we're going to do that".

"I think you're gonna continue to see pressure on North Korea", Haley said.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshide Suga, told a media briefing that China's nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, would also hold talks with Japanese Foreign Ministry officials on Tuesday.

  • Leroy Wright