Chinese foreign minister: No winners if Korea war breaks out

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who commanded US forces in Korea, wanted to attack the North with a nuclear weapon.

North Korea's army warned Friday it will take the "toughest" counteraction against the United States if it continues with "provocative" moves.

Choe Ryong-hae, a vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), said that North Korea is ready for a war if the USA takes military action.

Wang said that whichever side provoked a conflict "must assume the historic responsibility and pay the corresponding price".

In response, the U.S.is deploying a naval strike force that includes an aircraft carrier and strategic submarines to the region.

China also renewed demands for the US and South Korea to reverse the decision to place the U.S.

"This is why we have to take seriously the news saying that the United States is ready to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea in case information is received about Pyongyang's preparations for a new nuclear test", he added, Tass news agency reported.

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Trump also said: "North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of".

This year's joint war games between the US and South Korean militaries are the biggest so far.

China, the country's sole major ally and economic lifeline, has come under increasing pressure to curb Pyongyang's militarism, but Beijing fears dramatic action could cause the regime's collapse, sending a flood of refugees across its borders and leave the USA military on its doorstep.

The ascent of Donald Trump, the volatility of his foreign policy and his tendency to fire off tweeted threats to nuclear-armed adversaries has brought one more wild card to the Korean peninsular, which already had more than its fair share. That could lead to millions of impoverished North Koreans streaming across China's border, and it could lead to South Korean and US troops positioning themselves along that same border.

A senior North Korean government official says the country is ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at an enormous parade celebrating the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

North Korea is seen as trying to brag about its military power through the parade as it seeks to show the global community that it remains unscathed by tough worldwide sanctions, observers said.

He added, "At a time and at a place where the headquarters deems necessary, it will take place".

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South Koreans, by and large, have become accustomed to its northern neighbor's belligerence since the Korean War ended in a temporary truce in 1953, while those outside of Korea, more often than not, tend to see verbal flare ups on the Peninsula as a prelude to war.

Han said: "We certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a USA pre-emptive strike".

This is nothing new, but nuclear jitters among top USA military officers seem to be growing. "We are fully prepared to handle it". -South Korea joint Exercise Operation Pacific Reach in Pohang, South Korea.

Judging by the situation in Syria, the White House doesn't bother to probe into the information it receives, the Russian senator went on to say. Any fighting on the Korean Peninsula is likely to draw in China, which has repeatedly expressed concerns about a wave of refugees and the possible presence of USA and South Korean troops on its border.

"This was the right weapon against the right target", said General John Nicholson, Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

The North has owned up to one such facility, at its Nyongbyon nuclear complex, but the USA government assumes it has more.

Pyongyang says the military exercises are practice for an invasion of North Korea, and has warned of a nuclear attack on the United States in retaliation for any signs of aggression. "Chances of any ultimate measure like a pre-emptive strike are very low", he said.

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Its National Security Council has discussed how to evacuate the roughly 60,000 Japanese nationals living in South Korea and how to deal with a potential influx of North Koreans, according to multiple local reports.

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