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Like Trump, China Has No Good North Korea Options: QuickTake Q&A

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"The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready", Pence told 2,500 sailors wearing blue fatigues and Naval baseball caps on a sunny, windy morning aboard the carrier at the U.S. Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay.

"In the case of our super-mighty pre-emptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the United States mainland and reduce them to ashes", the statement read.

In a statement published Thursday in the Rodong Sinmun, the official news outlet of North Korea's ruling Worker's Party, making the paper essentially a mouthpiece for the views of Kim, the country's government responded to the US rhetoric.

North Korea's state media has threatened to turn the U.S. mainland into "ashes" with its "super-mighty preemptive strike" as the nuclear stand-off between Washington and the reclusive state continues. Last week, it used its veto power to block an attempt to condemn the killing of dozens of people in a suspected Syrian chemical attack.

"China's position on opposing a nuclear-capable (North Korea) is firm, clear and consistent", Lu said.

Next week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a minister-level meeting on the North Korean issue at the UN. According to a report Wednesday in USA Today, "it's unlikely a US strike could wipe out North Korea's nuclear arsenal completely or prevent the country's unpredictable leader, Kim Jong Un, from launching a devastating artillery and missile attack on prosperous South Korea in retaliation".

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She said that she wanted Pyongyang to see that the USA was not an aggressor.

Kim on Monday warned that a nuclear war "may break out at any moment", while Haley on Tuesday emphasised that Washington is not looking for a fight "so don't try and give us one".

"And, it's up to them to kind of see it".

"This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea's sovereignty", conservative Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Joon-pyo said through a spokesman. The missile test prompted China to ban coal imports from its neighbour until the end of the year while saying it was time to restart talks.

The reclusive nation, which has long pursued nuclear ambitions, conducted its fifth nuclear test last September, its most powerful so far.

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