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North Korea 'Primed and Ready' For Nuke Test

Saul Franklin | 14 April, 2017, 16:22

With a US aircraft carrier group steaming to the area and tension rising, South Korea said it believed the United States would consult it before any pre-emptive strike against the North.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is determined to show his country is a nuclear power.

Both the White House and China's state media have touted the personal bond forged during the roughly 18 hours the two leaders spent together last week, including when Trump's five-year-old granddaughter demonstrated her Chinese language skills for Xi. "China will actively work to protect the security of a denuclearised North Korean nation and regime", said an editorial in the Global Times, which is published by the Communist party's People's Daily.

President Donald Trump has been pressuring Chinese President Xi Jinping to take tougher action against ally North Korea. Expectations are high the North may put its newest missiles on display during a military parade that could be held to mark the event.

The possibility of U.S. military action gained traction after the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said he believed Washington would consult Seoul if it was considering a pre-emptive strike against the North.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang, Vice Minister Han Song Ryol also warned the USA against provoking North Korea militarily, saying, "We will go to war if they choose".

The group said on its website that North Korea was "primed and ready" for the test at Punggye-ri Nuclear Test site in the northeast of the country. At the same time, speculation is growing that Pyongyang may be close to conducting more nuclear or missile tests, despite a raft of global sanctions punishing it over its nuclear weapons program.

Foreign journalists visiting North Korea have been told to prepare for a "big and important event" on Thursday (April 13), although there were no indications it was directly linked to tensions in the region over the isolated state's nuclear weapons programme.

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Kim, who arrived in a black limousine, did not make a speech.

Fears have been growing that the reclusive North could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test or more missile launches in defiance of U.N. sanctions and stark warnings from the United States that a policy of patience was over. It tested a newly developed intermediate-range missile previous year.

China opposes even limited U.S. military action against its ally and neighbor, which risks dragging both sides into a broader conflict and send refugees clambering toward its border.

"Watching the fearless combatants mercilessly blow up the enemy targets, he said with pleasure that the commanding officers made correct decisions, adding those combatants carrying out their duties independently and pro-actively were reminiscent of fierce tigers crossing the mountain ranges in the southern half", KCNA reported.

THE drums of war are banging loudly as North Korea escalates its threats against the United States.

USA officials said Trump was considering tougher sanctions that could possibly include an oil embargo, banning North Korea's airline, intercepting cargo ships, and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang.

A North Korean soldier points his weapon while standing with other soldiers in Sinuiju, North Korea.

A Chinese oil embargo would primarily affect transportation in North Korea, said Mr Cai Jian, an expert on North Korea at Fudan University in Shanghai. Trump also tweeted that if China doesn't do its part to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the USA can handle it.

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