Korea on Heightened Alert as N. Korea Readies for Army Anniversary
Apr 23 2017 by Larry Hoffman
North Korea has threatened massive retaliation for any U.S. attack, and such a war would quickly put South Korea directly in the line of fire.
Many South Koreans have praised President Donald Trump's hardline stance on their rival neighbor, North Korea, but some of the Republican leader's recent public gaffes have upset residents of the traditional usa ally at a time when tensions are already running high in the region.
Pence said the carrier group was now expected to be in waters off the Korean peninsula before the end of the month, "within days".
The report also said Australia encouraged the U.S. to opt for "reckless and risky military actions". Trump has been pressing Beijing to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear ambitions.
North Korea is a "peaceful state" but it is determined to respond to the USA threat with pre-emptive strikes and other methods, North Korean Foreign Ministry officials said on Saturday.
The launches are considered to be in violation with the UN Security Council resolution.
He has used the trip for discussions with Washington's chief allies in Asia and to issue menacing warnings to North Korea that "all options are on the table"-that is, including pre-emptive military attacks".
He declared that "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless", adding: "It is necessary for us to exercise pressure on North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".
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The quote was not included in the article but the WSJ later posted the full transcript online, in which Trump quoted Xi as saying, "He then went into the history of China and Korea".
"The US seeks to occupy the DPRK by the concerted efforts of Japan and south Korea, intentionally provoking the latter and driving the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of a war".
On Friday, the U.S. Navy said a pilot from the USS Carl Vinson had ejected safely while conducting a routine flight south of the Philippines.
China's Defence Ministry said its forces on the border with North Korea were maintaining a state of normal combat preparedness and training.
The story has been corrected to show that South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck spoke Thursday, not Friday.
The ministry said the envoys will discuss working together to deter the North's provocations, maximize pressure on the regime, and secure China's continued "constructive" role in ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program. "We feel very gratified about this".
"Beijing has demonstrated due enthusiasm for Washington's newfound interest in a diplomatic solution and willingness to work more closely with it", the state-run China Daily said in an editorial.
North Korea has said it would test missiles when it sees fit and a South Korean analyst said he believed they would do so. It blew up nearly immediately.