Trump, Xi Discuss 'Menace Of North Korea' In Telephone Call

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"The aggressive acts of war on the part of the United States are getting increasingly reckless", the official said.

Asked whether dropping the bomb sends a message to North Korea as it continues to pursue nuclear and other weapons, Mr Trump said it makes no difference.

A barrage of recent North Korean missile tests has stoked US fears that Pyongyang may soon develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland.

How to deal with Pyongyang's provocations actions continue to factor largely in talks between the US and China.

North Korea's vice foreign minister says the situation on the Korean Peninsula is now in a "vicious cycle".

But unlike in previous years, under its new administration Washington has recently taken a much more hawkish stance on North Korea, with military action and pre-emptive strikes on the DPRK being talked about openly.

FEATURED IMAGE CAPTION: Han Song Ryol, North Korea's vice foreign minister, listens to a translator during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Concern has grown since the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack, raising questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's plans for North Korea, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations and unilateral sanctions.

"Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 12 shows continued activity around the North Portal, new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site's Command Center", the North Korea-related analysis website said.

Later Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said all sides must stop provoking and threatening and start taking a flexible approach to resuming dialogue.

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

Wang last month urged North Korea to suspend its nuclear weapon and missile tests in exchange for South Korea and the U.S. putting their war games on hold, reviving a proposal first raised by Pyongyang.

Trump has also been pressing China to do more to rein in North Korea.

"Pyongyang may assume that atomic bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles are the keys to ensuring national and political security, but this is wrong", the Global Times argued, further commenting that the worldwide community, China included, will not stand idly by while North Korea tests increasingly-powerful nuclear weapons.

Trump has diverted the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group toward the Korean Peninsula, which could take more than a week to arrive, in a show of force aimed at deterring North Korea from conducting another nuclear test or launching more missiles to coincide with major commemorative events.

Japan's Nikkei business daily said the government had discussed how to rescue an estimated 57,000 Japanese citizens in South Korea as well as how to cope with a possible flood of North Korean refugees coming to Japan, among whom might be spies.

Kang Gil-won, a 26-year-old graduate living in Seoul, said his biggest concern was not North Korea, but finding work in a tough job market.

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