Quotes from North Korean official about tensions with US

Lucy Hill
April 14, 2017

Mr Han has accused Mr Trump of "making trouble" with "aggressive" tweets. In an interview with the news agency AP, he warned the U.S. against provoking the country militarily.

"Whatever comes from USA politicians, if their words are created to overthrow the DPRK system and government, we will categorically reject them", he said.

Mr Han said that in the face of such actions, North Korea would "go to war if they choose".

"So that's why. It's not the DPRK but the U.S. and Trump that makes trouble", Mr Han said.

This year's joint war games between the US and South Korean militaries are the biggest ever; the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has been diverted back to the waters off Korea after heading for Australia; and USA satellite imagery suggests the North could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

Han, however, said North Korea blames Trump and the US for the rising tensions.

"North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of", Trump told reporters.

North Korea recently launched a ballistic missile and could conduct another test soon.

The next day, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Trump on the phone, calling for calm as a US Navy aircraft carrier-led strike group headed to the region in an unmistakable gesture.

A White House foreign policy advisor said Friday that the United States is assessing military options in response to the North's weapons programs, saying another provocative test was a question of "when" rather than "if".

China said it was relying on negotiations to settle tensions.

In 2016, for example, foreign journalists underwent hours of investigation by North Korean officials ahead of what turned out to be a pop concert to mark the finale of a ruling Workers' Party congress.

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Such a test would coincide with the country's biggest national celebrations, known as "Day of the Sun", on Saturday.

A senior Russian lawmaker says the U.S.is a greater threat to global peace than North Korea.

With 700,000 active troops and another 4.5 million in the reserves, North Korea can call upon nearly a quarter of its population to serve in the army at any given time. "It's not the DPRK but the U.S. and Trump that makes trouble".

Tensions on the peninsula have soared this week amid speculation of a possible sixth nuclear test, following two previous year, as Pyongyang works to develop a long-range weapon that could strike the US.

Trump has repeatedly said he will prevent Pyongyang from its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

But it has lately adopted a tougher line against its neighbour, including suspending coal imports from the country for the remainder of the year.

North Korea's vice foreign minister says it is not his own country but the United States and President Donald Trump who are "making trouble".

There are reports of activity at a nuclear test site in North Korea ahead of Saturday's 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung, which have fuelled speculation it could carry out a sixth test.

American heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary, and earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being diverted to the area.

In April, the U.S. sent its Carl Vinson aircraft carrier towards the Korean Peninsula, saying it was taking prudent measures against the North. Pyongyang has vowed to "react to any mode of war".

The North conducted two such tests past year alone. It seems increasingly les likely that US President Trump will allow that happen.

US Vice-President Mike Pence will travel to South Korea on Sunday, in what his aides have said is a sign of the US commitment to its ally in the face of rising tensions.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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