North Korea Celebrates Big Holiday With Simulated Nuclear Strike On America

North Korea Celebrates Big Holiday With Simulated Nuclear Strike On America

North Korean state media warned the U.S. they have "super-mighty preemptive strike" planned should the USA try to deter its nuclear weapons program with military force after Donald Trump said Americans "always have to be concerned" about the prospect of a thermonuclear war with the communist nation.

On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing was "gravely concerned" about North Korea's recent nuclear and missile activities and even went so far as to praise the Trump administration.

Vice Minister Han Song Ryol told The Associated Press Friday that Trump's tweets create a "vicious cycle" of heightened tensions in the region, adding that North Korea plans to continue to stockpile nuclear weapons to be prepared for a USA strike.

Chinese air force land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers were put on high alert as Beijing is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a U.S. defence official said.

Critics have accused Ahn of lacking principles on national security, saying he reversed his position to accept the deployment of a US missile defense system in South Korea.

Instead, North Korea tested a missile Sunday, which was said to have failed, provoking more calls for the country to cease its hostile acts.

North Korea will definitely be in the U.N. spotlight on April 28 when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presides at a Security Council meeting where U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief members on the North's nuclear program.

"But at the same time", the prime minister said, "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".

Weeks after he and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump repeated that he had told Xi that China could secure more favorable economic deals with the US if it would "get rid of this menace" on its doorstep.

North Korea's state-run media is known for its exaggerated and belligerent reports.

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He called North Korea the most urgent and unsafe threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

North Korea claimed earlier this year that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile.

The diplomats, who agreed to discuss the statement only on condition of anonymity because consultations have been private, said China had signed off on it. They have a pretty good power, not a great power perhaps, but a pretty good power over North Korea.

"Although North Korea attempted a missile launch but failed on April 16, considering the April 25 anniversary of the Korean People's Army, there are concerns that it can make another provocation again at any time", South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn told top officials on Thursday.

A fresh United States warning to North Korea and the Chinese government's description of the situation in the Korean peninsula as sensitive and fraught with risk show that the explosive situation that has developed there in the last few days continues without abatement.

North Korea has said it would test missiles when it sees fit and a South Korean analyst said he believed they would do so.

North Korea did not refer to specific developments but said the USA and its allies "should not mess with us", according to a report in the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley separately stressed that the onus was on North Korea to prevent an escalation.

"North Korea has referred to me as the lesser evil".

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