US Drags S Korea, Japan Into Conflict With Asian Powers

The U.S. had accused Russian Federation on Wednesday of blocking the council statement by insisting on including a previous call for "dialogue".

In fact, the North Korean government's official mouthpiece, The Rodong Sinmun, has issued a direct threat to the U.S. The Working Party's official newspaper has categorically warned the U.S of a massive pre-emptive strike that is capable of causing enormous damage to the U.S. mainland.

People hold plastic flowers behind North Korean soldiers marching during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of the country's founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea April 15, 2017.

It has claimed that a new weapon that has recently been completed by the North Korean forces can "reduce to ashes" major parts of the U.S. Clearly, the threat and the warning of use of force is not going down well with the U.S., South Korea or any nations that are averse to the use of nuclear warfare.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday North Korea's rhetoric was provocative but he had learned not to trust it. Washington's senior diplomat handling the nuclear stand-off with North Korea will head to Tokyo next week for talks with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts.

Trump told a news conference "some very unusual moves have been made over the last two or three hours", and that he was confident Chinese President Xi Jinping would "try very hard" to pressure Beijing's neighbour North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.

The Korean peninsula has been witnessing escalating tensions amid Pyongyang's missile activity and nuclear tests conducted in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

North Korea has said it would test missiles when it sees fit and a South Korean analyst said he believed the country would do so.

They are expected to consult each other on joint responses to North Korea, which has test-fired multiple ballistic missiles and shows signs of conducting its sixth nuclear test.

The exercise "serves as an invaluable opportunity for U.S. and ROKAF forces to train together shoulder-to-shoulder and sharpen tactical skills vital to the defense and security of the Korean Peninsula", said Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander.

South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance. It blew up nearly immediately.

South Korean presidential candidates clashed on Wednesday night in a debate over the planned deployment in South Korea of a US-supplied Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system, which has angered China.

  • Elsie Buchanan