N. Korea blasts Trump's 'warmonger' Asia tour

N. Korea blasts Trump's 'warmonger' Asia tour

N. Korea blasts Trump's 'warmonger' Asia tour

North Korea warned Monday that the unprecedented deployment of three US aircraft carrier groups "taking up a strike posture" around the Korean peninsula is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war will break out.

During Mr Trump's visit to Beijing last week Mr Xi said China would push for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but did not confirm whether it would oppose North Korea.

Along with the three carrier groups, he said the US has reactivated round-the-clock sorties with nuclear-capable B-52 strategic bombers "which existed during the Cold War times".

"We are enthusiastic about economic reforms that promote economic prosperity for all Vietnamese citizens as we look to your growing middle class as a key market for American goods and services", said Trump, adding that he would welcome Vietnam's elimination of trade barriers.

South Korea and the United States on Saturday kicked off a joint naval exercise in the Sea of Japan involving three USA aircraft carriers amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea is not known to have tested any of its missiles or nuclear devices since September 15, a relative lull after a brisk series of tests earlier this year. It has also threatened to explode another nuclear bomb above the Pacific Ocean. "But our military is keeping a full readiness posture against the possibility of North Korea's provocations", a military official said in a briefing.

According to the U.S. Navy, it is the first three-carrier exercise in the Western Pacific since 2007.

Aggressive rhetoric from North Korea is nothing new, and on Saturday the secretive nation described Trump as a "destroyer" who "begged for nuclear war" as the President continued his tour of Asia. He said the exercises raise serious concern about "the double standard" of the UN's most powerful body.

"Trump has flown to South Korea as he seeks to strengthen military threats against us and has an intention to light the fuse for a nuclear war", North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmum said.

For the last months, the two leaders have been on two ends of a bitter war of words prompted in part by Pyongyang refusal to cease ballistic missile tests and the development of nuclear capabilities.

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Ja asked Guterres to bring to the attention of the 15-member council - under the rarely used Article 99 of the UN Charter - "the danger being posed by the U.S. nuclear war exercises, which are clearly threats to worldwide peace and security".

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