Chinese bombers on high alert over North Korean situation

15 2017 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 17 shows Korean People's Army personnel waving after a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un follows in the footsteps of his father, Kim Jong Il, with his perpetual war of words against the West.

The official said that these recent steps by the Chinese are assessed as part of an effort to "reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency". As it was delivered, China's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, warns that the USA and North Korea are set for a "head-on collision" with neither side willing to give way.

While Mogherini attempted to soothe tensions, Washington was quite literally trying to meet the problem head-on.

United States vice president Mike Pence reiterated his country's commitment to the security of Japan on Tuesday, as North Korea intensified concerns over its weapons programme with a vow to launch missile tests "every week".

"North Korea would do well not to test [Trump's] resolve - or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region", Pence said in a press conference later that day with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn.

The Trump administration has repeatedly said in recent weeks that all options are on the table, including military strikes, if necessary.

"If the United States is reckless enough to use military means, it would mean from that very day an all-out war", Han said. Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the USA with a nuclear missile.

China has urged the parties involved in the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue to exercise restraint and avoid any actions that could increase tensions.

North Korea did not refer to specific developments but said the USA and its allies "should not mess with us", according to a report in the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

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William Perry served as USA defense secretary from 1994 to 1997 and worked on negotiations with North Korea. Some companies are even calling on their employees' family members to return to Japan from South Korea.

Chinese media has also been focusing on the controversy over a remark by Mr Trump saying that Korea was "part of China".

South Korean government officials are frowning on such statements from the Japanese government. Russia's United Nations embassy earlier said that the USA delegation tried to deviate from the standard wording and exclude the call for a peaceful settlement through dialogue.

US President Donald Trump made an offer to Chinese President Xi Jinping that there will be better trade terms between the two if China puts North Korea's threatening behaviour to rest. Needless to say, none of them have been particularly successful in mitigating the threat.

Abe said Japan likewise hopes for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless".

Seoul, with its population of 10 million, is also within ballistic missile-striking distance of North Korea.

The US has also diverted a US Navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula as a show of force shortly before the missile strike. As the brown bomber jacket-clad vice-president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor.

That threat gives Pyongyang free rein for bombast.

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