Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Possible US options on table with N. Korea

Possible US options on table with N. Korea

China expresses serious concern with recent trends about North Korea's nuclear and missile development. North Korean Dictator Kim Jong un is seen waving to the crowd during the festivities. Japan is weighing a retaliatory strike capability against the North.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, it has escalated a war of words, warning of full-out nuclear war if Washington takes military action against it.

Trump has said he's willing to make trade and economic concessions to China in return for its help with North Korea.

China's desire to keep USA forces off its border was a key reason for its intervention in the Korean War, which ended in the current stalemate more than six decades ago. Trump said on Twitter, recounting what he told Xi while hosting him this month at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that USA plans to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

She told reporters Wednesday: "The ball is in their court".

If such persuasion falls short, Trump has suggested he might use more coercive methods.

The BBC's Stephen McDonell in Beijing says the Chinese government appears to be becoming increasingly frustrated with North Korea, its traditional ally.

"This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea's sovereignty", conservative Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Joon-pyo said through a spokesman. "Whether that works or not, it's a very different strategy from the last three presidents".

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has a message for North Korea: "We're not trying to pick a fight so don't try and give us one".

China has pledged to build an "indestructible combat force" in a major military reshuffle of 84 units at a time of huge global tension over North Korea. You read Clinton's book, he said, 'Oh we made such a great peace deal, ' and it was a joke.

Meanwhile, 1,250 United States marines arrived in Australia yesterday "ready to fight" North Korea should war break out.

Pence's comments come after a senior North Korean official warned the regime had no intention of dialling down its missile programme, pledging weekly tests and threatening "all-out war" if the USA took any action against it.

That kind of rhetoric has unnerved allies in Japan and South Korea, who would be at the sharp end of any North Korean response.

Instead, North Korea tested a missile Sunday, which was said to have failed, provoking more calls for the country to cease its hostile acts.

The Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper said recently that Trump is playing a "dangerous card" with his verbal threats, risking a miscalculation by Pyongyang and a war on the peninsula.

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