United States tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

United States tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance.

Chinese air force land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers were put "on high alert" on Wednesday, the official said, adding that the United States has also seen an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft being brought up to full readiness through intensified maintenance.

The official said that these recent steps by the Chinese are assessed as part of an effort to "reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency".

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has a message for North Korea: "We're not trying to pick a fight so don't try and give us one".

"We've moved beyond failed dialogues of the past and now we've moved into an era where President Trump is absolutely committed to marshaling the energy of the world community, of countries in the Asian-Pacific, to use economic and diplomatic power to isolate North Korea and achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.

China is also opposed to the USA military's presence in South Korea, protesting the recent United States and South Korea decision to begin deploying elements of the THAAD missile defense system.

Tensions have risen after U.S. President Donald Trump took a hard rhetorical line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programs seen by Washington as a direct threat.

On Monday, Hwang and Pence reaffirmed their plans to go ahead with the THAAD, but the decision will be up to the next South Korean president.

Diplomats said Pyongyang ally China had agreed to the statement.

The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked.

The latest bellicose statement follows North Korea's weekend display of military hardware in a parade marking the birthday of its founder Kim Il Sung and two attempted missile tests, one of which failed.

The Chronicle points out that "most observers believe that Pyongyang does not yet possess the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead intercontinentally".

The 15-member Security Council traditionally condemns all launches by Pyongyang.

Previous statements "welcomed efforts by council members, as well as other states, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue". Such statements are agreed by consensus. The latest draft statement dropped "through dialogue" and Russian Federation requested it be included again.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words.

On Saturday, North Korea tried unsuccessfully to test a real missile, which blew up before it launched.

US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said during a visit to London the military option must be part of the pressure brought to bear.