North Korean diplomats have warned that the country it ready to act to any provocation
In a harrowing outburst by Kim Song Gyong, the director general of the European Department of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, stated Pyongyang would strike first, although the deployment of the US naval strike force would not be included.
However Donald Trump is planning to send further military units to the region and senior White House officials have claimed they are discussing further joint drills with the South Korean military.
The army is on maximum alert
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At a White House Easter celebration on Monday, Trump was asked if he had a message for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and replied: “Gotta behave.”
The reclusive state has reiterated they have a nuclear weapon and the army is on “maximum alert”.
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Sin Hong-choi, North Korea’s deputy foreign minister, made some explosive comments in an interview, when he stated: “The time of dictating orders by brandishing the US military might has gone.
“If those businessmen in power in the US thought of intimidating us by any military or sanction threats – as the Obama administration used to do and failed – they will soon find out such threats are useless.
“If we notice any sign of assault on our sovereignty, our army will launch merciless military strikes against the US aggressors, wherever they may exist, from the remote US lands to the American military bases on the Korean peninsula, such as those of Japan and elsewhere.”
Sin laughed off suggestions that the country should abide by calls to denounce nuclear weapons and claimed talks were “throttled at birth”.
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The US Vice President has visited the demilitarised zone on the Korean border
He added: “The nuclear weapon in our possession is not illusion; it is not a commodity that may be traded for American dollars – nor is it for sale.”
The US aircraft carrier strike group, composed of the Carl Vinson with guided-missile destroyers and other vessels, is understood to be around the East China Sea and heading north toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.
The North Korean army are reportedly ready for action
Mike Pence, the US Vice President, said: “The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies," Pence said, adding "the era of strategic patience is over.”
China has appeared increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang, speaking out against its weapons tests and supporting United Nations sanctions, while repeatedly calling for talks.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the situation was “highly sensitive, complicated and high risk” and all sides should “avoid taking provocative actions”.