US Navy Strike Group Joins Japan to Provide Options Against Pyongyang

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In the wake of the Trump-Xi meeting, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that China understood how unsafe North Korea's nuclear programme had become and had agreed action must be taken to stop it, the report said. They are done with extreme control from the host nation and there are security checks at events attended by leader Kim Jong Un.

Fears are growing of U.S. President Donald Trump launching a temperamental preemptive strike on North Korea without consulting Seoul after his abrupt airstrikes on Syria last week.

SHOWY: A military parade in Pyongyang on October 10 past year marked the 70th anniversary of North Korea's ruling party.

In April, 2012, North Korea attempted to launch a long-range rocket ahead of the 100th Day of the Sun.

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) will purportedly dispatch an unknown number of destroyers to the East China Sea to conduct joint naval drills with the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its battlegroup, unnamed sources told Reuters on April 11.

South Korea says it believes it will be consulted by the U.S. before any possible pre-emptive American strike against Pyongyang, where foreign journalists are now gathered for "a big and important event".

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They spoke again by phone on Tuesday night.

Trump said on Twitter his call with Xi was a "very good" discussion of the "menace of North Korea".

Ultimately, China, North Korea's biggest backer, would attempt "to make sure North Korea still exists and serves Chinese interests while it stops acting as a massive bullseye to the U.S.", he added.

U.S. President Donald Trump has approved a preliminary broad approach on North Korea and asked his national security team to craft a more detailed framework for new global sanctions and other actions to counter Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, one official said.

The move reflected Trump's promise to act unilaterally as needed on the question of North Korea. North Korea was hosting foreign journalists in Pyongyang before the commemoration.

North Korea's nuclear test site appears "primed and ready" to conduct a trial, according to a USA research institute that monitors the country.

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The US-based monitoring group 38 North on Thursday said that the satellite images from the North's Punggye-ri site showed it was "primed and ready" for what would be the country's sixth nuclear test since 2006, The Guardian reports.

However, if the United States takes actual military action, it is possible that North Korea will fire ballistic missiles at Japan, since it is an ally of the United States.

"North Korea has always been a very critical and also a very sensitive piece on the chessboard for China", he said.

"We never beg for peace but we will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms and keep to the road chosen by ourselves", he said in a statement.

Beijing's insistence on a peaceful approach to resolving the issue is rooted in its belief that any attempt to denuclearize the North by force would bring cataclysmic results upon all sides, including China, Ruan said.

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