Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

China moves 150000 troops to border with North Korea

China moves 150000 troops to border with North Korea

That's actually a step down from North Korea's rhetoric from the last time the Carl Vinson strike group sailed near the Korean Peninsula when it said: "a knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier".

Trump has previously said the United States will act against North Korea without China's help.

North Korea is vowing tough counteraction to any military moves that might follow the U.

President Donald Trump, fresh from ordering a missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea, has asked his advisers for a range of options to rein in Pyongyang, US officials said on Sunday.

North Korea's state-run news agency said the decision proves its longstanding claims that Washington is planning an invasion and warned it is prepared to retaliate.

Hwang's call for composure comes amid rising speculations on social media of a possible USA attack on North Korea. -South Korea war games now underway and recent ballistic missile tests by the North. Pyongyang sees the annual maneuvers as a dress rehearsal for invasion, while the North's long-range missile launches are a violation of United Nations resolutions.

The White House faces a tough task in convincing North Korea to give up its nuclear program, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and National Security Agency told CNN's "New Day".

The Pentagon sent the 97,000-ton USS Carl Vinson with an escort of a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers after the latest missile test by North Korea last week. It is basically sending a message.

"It is possible the North may wage greater provocations such as a nuclear test timed with various anniversaries including the Supreme People's Assembly", said Hwang.

"If North Korea were to test some number of ballistic missiles by firing them into the East Sea/Sea of Japan, these warships would have the potential of intercepting the North Korean test missile", Bennett said.

Russia's foreign ministry, in a statement ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said it was concerned about many aspects of U.S. foreign policy, and particularly concerned about North Korea.

"It's important to understand how that would tally with collective obligations on de-nuclearising the Korean peninsula, something that is underpinned in U.N. Security Council resolutions".

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted by the Korean Central News Agency as saying that the USA dispatching of Carl Vinson nuclear carrier task group to waters off the peninsula "all of a sudden" has proved that Washington's "reckless moves of invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario".

The statement comes just after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack carry a message for any nation operating outside of global norms.

China - North Korea's closest ally - has pressed the USA to engage in direct diplomatic negotiations with North Korea.

South Korea's top nuclear envoy made the comment after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei, as the United States sent a naval strike group to the region in a show of force.

Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, met in Florida last week and Trump pressed Xi to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear program. Best estimates are that 200-300,000 North Korean refugees are now in China.

The order was given on April 7, just as Trump and Xi were set for the summit where the two agreed the North Korean nuclear advances had reached a "very serious stage", Tillerson said.

The North is seen ready to conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time, with movements detected by a satellite at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

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