Trump 'creating a war situation' says North Korean official at enormous parade

Sunday, 16 Apr, 2017

China, North Korea's sole major ally and neighbour which nevertheless opposes its weapons program, has called for talks leading to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. We'll deal with it with our pre-emptive strike.

On Saturday, the North marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il Sung, and it often uses such occasions as an opportunity to show off its military advances.

The Korean peninsula has been on raised alert since Trump took office.

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E). North Korean schoolgirls perform at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The expected sixth nuclear test, which experts say could come at any time, is part of the Kim regime's quest to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

The North's display of the strategic weapons to the world is apparently aimed at boasting of its military firepower as the USA continues to deploy high-profile defense assets near the peninsula. Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have been preparing for North Korea's most important hol.

Chinese experts said they see little immediate possibility of hostilities breaking out, but warned that Beijing will respond harshly to any further North Korean nuclear tests.

"Dialogue is the only possible solution", Mr Wang said.

"The nuclear test will take place at a time, at a place that the supreme leadership deems necessary", he insisted.

The parade may feature some of the country's most valuable military hardware, such as its prototype intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea says it is "on the brink of war" with the U.S.

China has taken some additional steps to put pressure on North Korea in recent days including turning back ships carrying North Korean coal-the country's main export-and canceling Air China service to Pyongyang.

Han refuted Trump's accusation that "North Korea is looking for trouble", claiming, "Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words".

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 1, 2017 shows the Korean People's Army Tank Crews' Competition-2017 at an undisclosed location.

Kim Jong-Yin, the current chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is expected to deliver a speech.

He added: "We will go to war if they choose".

A senior North Korean government official said the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at the parade.

USA officials have openly said they leave "all options" on the table in dealing with the North.

"We will schedule flights on this route based on passenger demand", the representative told CNN. But the United States will respond to North Korea's threats accordingly and won't engage Pyongyang until it "chooses a more peaceful way forward".

Leaders have grown increasingly frustrated with Kim Jong Un's regime for refusing to heed warnings over weapons testing.

Han dismissed the suggestion Trump made previous year during his presidential campaign that he was willing to meet Kim Jong Un, possibly over hamburgers.

"I think that was nothing more than lip service during the campaign to make himself more popular", Han said. "The Trump administration's policy is the most hostile ever", said Ryol.

North Korean state media warned that such "reckless acts of aggression" would be countered with "whatever methods the U.S. wants to take".

And the USA military on Thursday dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb it possesses on Afghanistan, targeting a complex used by the Islamic State group, in another move seen as a warning is not afraid to use force. "In this regard, the United States poses far greater threat to the world than North Korea", Kosachev said.