‘Ready for WAR’ Kim Jong-un promises ‘POWERFUL RESPONSE’ after US Navy deployment to Korea

NORTH Korea has promised it will retaliate and defend itself “by powerful force of arms” after the US deployed a Navy strike group in the Korean Peninsula.

Ready for WAR Kim Jong-un promises POWERFUL RESPONSE after US Navy deployment to Korea
Kim Jong-un has condemned the US ‘invasion’ | EPA

Kim Jong-un’s state-owned news agency KCNA claimed Trump’s deployment showed “reckless moves for invading” that had now “reached a serious phase”.

It comes after Trump sent the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson into the Sea of Japan after several provocative missile launches from Kim’s communist nation.

The US President has warned in recent weeks he would be willing to act alone against the hermit state if China was not willing to put pressure on Kim Jong-un to deescalate his military aggression.

A foreign ministry statement from the North Korean government on KCNA said:

“We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.

“The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US.

North Korea has carried out its latest missile launch just days before Trump was set scheduled to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

The launch was just the latest in a string of blasts from North Korea – with the state believed to be trying to equip itself with nuclear weapons.

The USS Carl Vinson is one of 10 active US aircraft carriers, which has more than 60 aircrafts and employees around 5,000 personnel.

Pyongyang has defended its pursuit of nuclear weapons following the US strike on Syria.

Trump’s missile strike on Syria on Friday has been used as justification to build-up its weaponry.

A North Korean foreign military official told Pyongyang mouthpiece KCNA: “Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent US military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it.”

Ready for WAR Kim Jong-un promises POWERFUL RESPONSE after US Navy deployment to Korea k
Rex Tillerson has claimed that China agrees that ‘action has to be taken’ regarding North Korea | REUTERS

Rex Tillerson has claimed that China agrees that “action has to be taken” regarding North Korea.

The US Secretary of State told CBS’s Face the Nation that there had been “extensive discussions around the dangerous situation in North Korea”.

Mr Tillerson said: “President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken.”

However it comes as reports that China has deployed 150,000 to the North Korean border amid fears citizens could soon be fleeing the reclusive state if the US sends an airstrike.

The Trump administration has been pressuring China to do more to rein in North Korea, which sends the vast majority of its exports to its giant neighbour across the Yellow Sea.

But U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said last week’s U.S. military strike against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons was a warning to other countries, including North Korea, that “a response is likely” if they pose a danger.

As a U.S. Navy strike group headed to the region in a show of force, China and South Korea agreed on Monday to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said.

North Korea marks several major anniversaries this month and often marks the occasions with major tests of military hardware.

Korea 1The dollar fell against the yen in Asian trading this morning, as concerns over tensions with North Korea and Syria weighed on U.S. Treasury yields and offset expectations of U.S. interest rate hikes.

The dollar extended earlier losses against the yen, slipping 0.3 percent to 110.63 Japanese yen, moving further away from its overnight high of 111.57. It remained solidly in the 110.11-112.19 range in which it has traded since late March.

The possibility of some kind of U.S. military action against North Korea in response to its weapons tests gained traction after President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes against Syria last week in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on civilians by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

“The market has become more cautious about Trump’s policies, with attention to increased risks,” said Harumi Taguchi, principal economist at IHS Markit in Tokyo. “The yen is easy to buy in such situations.”

China and South Korea agreed on Monday to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said, as a U.S. Navy strike group headed to the region in a show of force.

Hong Kong stocks closed at a four-week low on Tuesday geopolitical tensions involving North Korea and the Middle East hurt risk appetites.

The benchmark Hang Seng index dropped 0.7 percent at the close, to 24,088.46, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 0.9 percent, to 10,165.98.

Today’s Hang Seng close was the lowest since March 15.

Source | Express

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