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Controversial Report Suggests U.S. Preparing 'Preemptive Strike' Against North Korea

Eleena Tovar | 15 Abril, 2017, 08:41

On April 9, media reports said that the Pentagon had sent a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier The Carl Vinson and escort ships towards the Korean Peninsula.

The US military on Thursday dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb it possesses on Afghanistan, targeting a complex used by the Islamic State group.

Tension is rising amid concerns the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test in defiance of U.S. sanctions and warnings from the US.

In an interview with the Associated Press, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol blamed Trump with escalating tensions in the region through both his military actions and tweets.

"It is not the DPRK but the USA and (President Donald) Trump that makes problems".

US Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to South Korea on Sunday, the first leg in a long-planned tour of Asia.

At the same time, the Pentagon refused to confirm whether the United States of America was fully prepared to strike a preemptive blow on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea, DPRK). The new United States administration has been acting unpredictably, so the possibility of its attack on North Korea should be taken seriously, said Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, Air China, China's national airline, has denied that it has suspended all flights to North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, as was reported by broadcaster CCTV.

Trump seemed pleased by whatever assurances he received from Chinese president Xi Jinping during their meeting last week, but on Thursday morning he made another vague threat of unilateral USA action.

"One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment", Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said. The country's official name. "China is willing to give support to all of them", Wang said.

Trump said on Thursday Pyongyang was a problem that "will be taken care of" and that he believed Chinese President Xi Jinping would "work very hard" to help resolve the challenge. "It's not the DPRK but the US and Trump that makes trouble".

Wang says: Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple-loss.

"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words", Mr Han said.

Washington's primary concern is the North developing the ability to mount a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental missile.

Han said: "We certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a USA pre-emptive strike".

Tensions are deepening as the USA has sent an aircraft carrier to waters off the peninsula and is conducting its biggest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea.

On Saturday, it marks the "Day of the Sun", the 105th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung.

The new policy does not appear much different from that of former President Barack Obama, known as "strategic patience", which centered on waiting for Pyongyang to show good faith while increasing sanctions and pressure on the regime.