Gasoline Shortage in N.Korea as China Turns off Supply

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Indications are rife as Trump had to call President Xi Jinping on 12th April 2017, just days after latter's return from US.

Abe told reporters after a telephone call with Trump that he appreciated the U.S. leader's stance of showing that all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with North Korea.

There are concerns Pyongyang, in conjunction with the anniversary, will demonstrate a show of force by possibly firing more ballistic missiles or conducting its sixth nuclear test.

Angered by the approach of the United States carrier group, a defiant North Korea said on Monday the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson was "an extremely unsafe act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade the North".

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The US has not specified where the carrier group is, but two Japanese destroyers were due to join the Carl Vinson for drills in the western Pacific.

China's official broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi telling Trump that China strongly opposed North Korea's nuclear weapons program and hoped "all parties will exercise restraint and avoid aggravating the situation".

In response, China's Communist Party-affiliated Global Times newspaper wrote in a commentary that "no matter how many articles KCNA publishes, whatever future measures North Korea takes, Beijing's stance wouldn't be affected". Trump has reportedly settled on a strategy that emphasizes increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China.

Tuesday marks the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army, and it's likely to be celebrated with a number of large festivities. If North Korea conducts a nuclear test, "Beijing will undoubtedly support the United Nations in adopting tougher sanctions against it, including oil embargo", said the newspaper, which is known for its nationalistic views.

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"If Australia persists in following the US' moves to isolate and stifle North Korea. this will be a suicidal act", said a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman, after Ms Bishop earlier called the hermit state a "serious threat".

"I can say the South Korean and USA militaries are fully ready for North Korea's nuclear test", Moon said.

South Korean and U.S. officials have feared for some time that North Korea could soon carry out its sixth nuclear test. Satellite imagery of North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test site from April 12 shows continued activity around north Portal, Main Administrative Area and the site's Command Centre which the 38 North monitoring group described as "primed and ready".

Adding to the heightened tensions, North Korea detained a US citizen on Saturday as he attempted to leave the country.

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