United States tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

Lauren Perry
April 21, 2017

"We are evaluating all of those options", he said.

In the same press conference, spokesman Lu Kang praised recent U.S. statements on the North Korean issue. "This represents a general direction that we believe is correct and should be adhered to", Lu said.

According to reports, a full orchestra played alongside the video, which depicted missiles soaring over the Pacific and engulfing a city on the USA west coast.

Statements of that vein do not help the situation, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman. China, North Korea's biggest trade partner and supplier of most of its food and energy, could do more to make sanctions effective, according to critics in the U.S. including Trump.

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the US military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

US President Donald Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, suggesting that doing so could ease US-China relations over trade and other issues.

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During a summit earlier this month with Xi, Trump said he was given a history lesson about China's relationship with North Korea. Both countries have express outrage over missile tests and massive military exercises.

The Pentagon has also dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson strike group to the Korean Peninsula. Further missile tests followed in March, along with an assertion by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the US would not rule out a pre-emptive strike on North Korea to counter the nuclear threat.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency called the carrier's deployment "nothing but a reckless action of aggression to aggravate the tensions in the region".

"It's a clear fact acknowledged by the global community that, for thousands of years in history, Korea has never been part of China", foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said at a briefing in Seoul on Thursday, Bloomberg reported.

In fact, in addition to an arsenal of what experts estimate to be 20 nuclear weapons, North Korea also has about 10,000 artillery tubes capable of firing up to 500,000 shells per hour along the Demilitarized Zone line and aimed at the South Korean capital of Seoul - with its population of 25 million a mere 35 miles from the DMZ.

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