Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Trump, in fresh warning: North Korea 'will be taken care of'

Trump, in fresh warning: North Korea 'will be taken care of'

North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday morning blamed Trump for building up a "vicious cycle" of tensions, saying that his "aggressive" tweets were "making trouble".

South Korean officials said on Thursday there were no new signs to indicate a North Korean nuclear is more imminent but said the North has maintained a state of readiness to conduct such a test at any time.

Recent North Korean missile tests has stoked US fears that Pyongyang may soon develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland.

The US has sent their USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula as tensions flare - a move the North Koreans have condemned as "reckless".

In an interview with Yonhap News Agency, Gordon Flake, CEO of Perth USAsia Center based in Australia, expressed concerns about what reaction the US would take in response to the North's provocation, citing a dearth of East Asia experts in the Donald Trump administration.

Trump, responding to a question about what his message is for North Korea, said, "North Korea is a problem".

"We will go to war if they choose".

He also said the hermit kingdom would not "keep its arms crossed" in the face of a U.S. pre-emptive strike.

This in turn reduced US options and "makes it more likely that you get a bad decision, a tough day for the leader of North Korea", he told Washington's Center for Strategic and worldwide studies.

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The president said he had spent a lot of time with Xi last week in Florida. "Military force can not resolve the issue", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing, adding is was necessary to stop the situation going down an "irreversible route.".

The spokesman said the decision of North Korea's authorities to take steps for reinforcing national nuclear deterrence forces is very timely and right. "North Korea is a problem".

NBC News early Friday reported the USA is ready for a strike, having positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles, one just 480 kilometers from the North's nuclear test site, as well as bombers in Guam, citing multiple senior intelligence officials.

Beijing's insistence on a peaceful approach to resolving the issue is rooted in its belief that any attempt to denuclearize the North by force would bring cataclysmic results upon all sides, including China, Ruan said.

The annual U.S. -South Korean military exercises have consistently infuriated the North, which views them as rehearsals for an invasion.

Japan, under its postwar constitution, has limited the role of its military to self-defense only and relied on the USA for offensive and nuclear capability. And with U.S. -South Korean wargames ongoing, North Korean has intensified rhetoric warning it would retaliate strongly against any aggression. This decision of the U.S. administration raised concerns in North Korea.

Visits by foreign journalists to North Korea are rare and tightly coordinated, and security checks at events attended by leader Kim Jong Un are especially rigorous.

"They have telegraphed a bit, it's no surprise that the anniversary is on Saturday, traditionally he has the big parade and rolls out his weapons and his mock weapons", said the adviser.

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