North Korea Threatens To Sink US Carrier; China Urges Restraint

South Korean defence authorities on Monday said preparations were underway for a joint training exercise with the American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson near the Korean peninsula.

The U.S. 7th Fleet says two of its destroyers are conducting simultaneous maritime exercises with naval ships from Japan and South Korea.

"The United States should not run amok and should consider carefully any catastrophic effect from its foolish military provocative act", Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary on Monday.

The drill marked the 85th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's military in which people dance at an outdoor party in the capital city of Pyongyang. With the threat of a nuclear test in North Korea looming and another US citizen reportedly detained there, China's President Xi Jinping is urging President Trump to avoid escalating the situation.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear weapons tests, two of them past year, and has carried out a stream of ballistic missile tests, in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

"As for what kind of actions China will take if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, it is a hypothetical question and there is much speculation about that, so I have no comment on it", Geng said.

Harris said he's not a student of the Cold War standoff with the Soviet Union, but that there's no doubt North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is intent on nuclear warfare against the US. The statement came after Pyongyang said it had successfully launched a new ballistic missile.

According to the 7 Fleet, the USS Michigan submarine's visit to South Korea is "routine" and part of a "regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific".

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the call between the two presidents was the latest manifestation of their close communication, which was good for both of their countries and the world.

China, North Korea's sole major ally, opposes Pyongyang's weapons programs and has appealed for calm.

Matching the flurry of diplomatic and military activity in Asia, the State Department in Washington said on Monday U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would chair a special ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council on North Korea on Friday.

Harris also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today, in my opinion".

Tuesday is Army Day in North Korea and USA intelligence is expecting some kind of "firepower display".

As Tuesday's military exercises with South Korea and Japan show, the United States is remaining in lock-step with its allies in the region.

Although North Korea has never tested an intercontinental ballistic missile which can reach the USA, the country has strongly shown ambitions to develop one.

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