North Korea's vice foreign minister told The Associated Press on Friday that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is now in a "vicious cycle", and that Pyongyang won't "keep its arms crossed" in the face of a pre-emptive strike by US. "Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words", Han Song Ryol said, adding it was the USA, not North Korea that was making trouble. "If North Korea does not end its nuclear activities, this end is inevitable", the newspaper explained, adding that even if the USA does not attack it, sanctions will eventually cripple the North Korean state.
But as U.S. president, Trump's use of the social network to bully foreign governments is risky, as the Chinese government seemed to say today. There are fears the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, will use anniversaries today of the birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il-sung, and on April 25 of the establishment of the army, for more weapons tests. "Whatever comes from USA politicians, if their words are created to overthrow the DPRK system and government, we will categorically reject them".
Wang last month urged North Korea to suspend its nuclear weapon and missile tests in exchange for South Korea and the United States putting their war games on hold, reviving a proposal first raised by Pyongyang.
Tensions are deepening as the USA has sent an aircraft carrier to waters off the peninsula and is conducting its biggest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea.
Han said North Korea changed its military strategy two years ago, when the reports of "decapitation strike" training began to really get attention, to stress pre-emptive actions.
The Trump administration is weighing the possibility of imposing additional sanctions on North Korea if the rogue nation continues to fire missiles or conducts its sixth nuclear test.
Han said: "We certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a USA pre-emptive strike".
On Thursday, China's foreign ministry issued a statement after the call asserting President Xi believes the North Korea "issue" can be "solved through peaceful means and is ready to maintain communication and coordination with the United States on the issue".
The annual U.S. -South Korea military exercises have consistently infuriated the North, which views them as rehearsals for an invasion.
"The army and people of the DPRK will as ever courageously counter those who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always mercilessly ravage all provocative options of the USA with Korean-style toughest counteraction". "It's not the DPRK but the U.S. and Trump that makes trouble".
A Washington-based think tank that monitors North Korea, 38 North, said that satellite images taken on Wednesday showed continued activity around the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site on the east coast that showed it was ready for a new test.