Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

North Korea says don't mess with us as U.S. plans next move

North Korea says don't mess with us as U.S. plans next move

Not surprisingly, the Pentagon is revving up its missile defense technology and taking North Korea's nuclear threat very seriously - despite continued questions regarding the accuracy of the country's claims about its nuclear arsenal and some of its weapons capabilities.

About 47,000 USA troops are stationed in Japan and a further 28,000 are in South Korea.

China has asked for a return to negotiations on the Korean peninsula to bring about a peaceful resolution to the dispute. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says he is "encouraged" by the Trump administration's interest so far in the multilateral lender's mission and its plans to harness more private capital for development finance.

That kind of rhetoric has unnerved allies in Japan and South Korea, who would be at the sharp end of any North Korean response. Last year, he specifically said North Korea might launch a nuclear attack on the US in response to a US-South Korean military exercise.

"In the case of our super-mighty pre-emptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the United States mainland and reduce them to ashes", the statement read.

He said the country should have been dealt with by President Obama and "previous presidents all the way back to Clinton". China's approach has failed to gain traction, however: North Korea snubbed requests to meet top diplomats including Wang this month.

In the story titled "Trump weirdly says Korea was part of China, which is totally wrong and could enrage South Korea", Quartz reported that Trump quoted Xi as making the remark during the summit.

At the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer tried to clear up questions regarding President Donald Trump's statements last week that a US aircraft carrier was racing toward the Korean peninsula as a warning.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the main shrine of Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

A day after North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister said Pyongyang would test missiles weekly and use nuclear weapons if threatened, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Beijing was "gravely concerned" about North Korea's recent nuclear and missile activities. He then invaded South Korea to start the 1950-53 Korean War.

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