North Korea warns of 'super-mighty preemptive strike'
Apr 21 2017 by Desiree Burns
Donald Trump has said how much North Korea's leader desires peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions between his nation and the United States.
One U.S. official said additional space was also being set aside for aircraft at seven airfields.
From two continents, Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that the US was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea? I don't think that they truly have the capability of reaching the United States with any kind of weapon, and even if it could reach our land, something would happen, and it would fall apart before it lands here.
South Korea, the US and Japan held their 9th Defense Trilateral Talks in Tokyo on Wednesday, releasing a joint statement condemning North Korea's continued missile provocations and urging China to take a more responsible role in securing regional peace.
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The U.S. and South Korea are holding joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula.
When asked about the Vinson's movements Wednesday, Lu was measured in his response, reiterating at one point, "we maintain close contacts with the United States on the current situation".
"In case of launching our super-mighty preemptive strike, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialist invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but also the US mainland will be completely burned to ashes", it added.
The official was adamant that the U.S. is now not anticipating pre-emptive military action against North Korea.
US Vice-President Mike Pence, on a trip to Asia, has repeatedly warned that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over and on Wednesday said it would meet any attack with an "overwhelming response". None of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, suggested alarm or signaled that they knew the precise reason for such Chinese activity.
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"China firmly opposes any words or actions that would escalate rivalry and tension", Lu said.
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".
"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft. the USA delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft", the Russian U.N. mission said in a statement. "We feel very gratified about this".
The U.N.'s most powerful body demanded an immediate end to the North's nuclear and missile tests and threatened to take "further significant measures" - U.N. code for new sanctions.
In Russia's Ear East, some media have cited residents as saying they have seen military hardware being moved toward North Korea but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said deployment of Russian troops inside Russia were not a public matter.
The U.S. has stepped up its warnings to North Korea over its missile program and nuclear weapons tests.
The program has been in development with Japan and is aimed at shooting down intermediate-range North Korean missiles that pose a threat to the USA ally.
As 80 percent of Pyongyang's trade comes through China, Trump believes that Beijing can force Kim to stop testing missiles and atomic bombs before he produces an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the U.S. The WC-135 of the U.S. Air Force has been on standby for any mission since it arrived at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, Japan on April 7.
Here's the ABC News report on Pence's address on the Ronald Reagan, along with a final question: where does the misdirection involving the USS Carl Vinson task group fit into this new strategy? It blew up nearly immediately.
Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.