I just learned (April 12) that Japan, the minion Asian state that has been irradiated mercilessly since Fukushima, is sending its Navy to join the USA in its occupation of North Korea waters. At least they are already well seasoned and accustomed to nuclear radiation. Stop your stupid military pretense Japan. Send your troops home to fix Fukushima instead.
Hey Japan, what about this: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima, and now North Korea. Do you see the pattern?
Posted: Apr 11, 2017
Trump: ‘If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!’
North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of U.S. aggression, as an American navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific Ocean.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished neighbour, said in a tweet Tuesday morning that North Korea was “looking for trouble,” and the United States would “solve the problem” with or without China’s help.
Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean Peninsula, with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test.
U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the deployment of the strike group — which includes the nuclear-powered flagship aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, two destroyers and a cruiser — was not tied to a specific event but a matter of prudence.
“She is just on her way up there because that is where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time,” he said at a Pentagon news conference.
North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States.
“Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the U.S. mainland,” it said.
Early Wednesday, Chinese state media reported that president Xi Jinping discussed the situation in North Korea with Trump in a phone call.
Xi stressed that a resolution of tensions on the Korean peninsula should be achieved by peaceful means, the report said. The phone call came a week after Trump and Xi met face-to-face for the first time at a summit in Florida.
North Korea ‘on notice’
White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon that Trump had put North Korea “clearly on notice” he would not tolerate certain actions, but dismissed Pyongyang’s nuclear attack threat.
“I think there is no evidence that North Korea has that capability at this time,” he said. “Threatening something that you don’t have the capability of isn’t really a threat.”
South Korea’s acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn warned of “greater provocations” by North Korea and ordered the military to intensify monitoring and to ensure close communication with the United States.
“It is possible the North may wage greater provocations such as a nuclear test timed with various anniversaries including the Supreme People’s Assembly,” said Hwang, acting leader since former president Park Geun-hye was removed amid a graft scandal.
Trump said in a tweet that a trade deal between China and the United States would be “far better for them if they solved the North Korea problem.”
Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Florida last week, where Trump pressed Xi to do more to rein in North Korea.
The North convened a Supreme People’s Assembly session on Tuesday, one of its twice-yearly sessions attended by leader Kim Jong-un, and reported a successful national budget execution and personnel appointments, official KCNA news agency said.
There was no mention of its nuclear weapons program or being under threat from the United States, according to KCNA.