President Trump Poker Faced When it Comes to North Korea

An Industry fair in Beijing which shows that China's economy picked up steam. Source search engine Baidu

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"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 Rodong Sinmun, the official organ of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, said in an editorial.

The North conducted two nuclear bomb tests and 24 ballistic missile tests last year, defying Security Council sanctions resolutions banning any testing, and it has conducted additional missile tests this year, including the latest one on April 15 that failed.

The United States, its allies and China are working on a range of responses to North Korea's missile test, USA officials have said.

There are increasing signs that the North is getting ready to conduct a fresh nuclear test, and a U.S. Navy strike group headed by the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is expected to return to waters off the Korean Peninsula around the same time.

Russian Federation objected to a Security Council statement proposed by the USA on Wednesday that would have condemned North Korea's missile tests, despite China's support of the measure, CBS News' Pamela Falk reports.

On Sunday, North Korea attempted to launch another missile, but failed, according to the data of the U.S. air forces - the missile exploded nearly rights after the launch.

Vice President Mike Pence says North Korea is getting the message that it needs to walk away from its "reckless" nuclear activity.

Diplomats said the USA -drafted statement would strongly condemn the launch and express the council's "utmost concern" at North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance" of council resolutions. Days later, in response to a question about the warships, Trump told the Fox Business Network that the US was "sending an armada, very powerful" to North Korea.

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Mr Mattis condemned the attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters travelling with him to Saudi Arabia: "The leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile".

North Korea marks the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army on Tuesday, a key anniversary that comes at the end of major winter military drills, South Korea's unification ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said. While the North did not conduct a nuclear test, the specter of a potential test and an escalated USA response has trailed Pence as he undertakes his Asian tour.

But Pence reassured his jittery hosts that those decades-old security commitments are ironclad, a necessity made more acute after Washington's refusal to rule out military action against the North. They have a pretty good power, not a great power perhaps, but a pretty good power over North Korea.

The country's United Nations envoy, Kim In Ryong, said this week that the USA had pushed the Korean Peninsula to the "brink of war".

South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn called on the military and security agencies to maintain vigilance.

North Korea's United Nations ambassador on Monday said USA actions had "created a risky situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and poses a serious threat to world peace and security".

Members of history-related bodies rally in downtown Seoul on April 21, 2017, to protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping over his reported remark that Korea "used to be a part of China". There is also the potential economic disaster the collapse of the North Korean economy would precipitate, bringing waves of refugees into China.

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