Global tensions continue to climb over North Korea

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But North Korea's vice foreign minister said that Trump was "becoming more vicious and more aggressive" than previous presidents, which was only making matters worse.

The Sun reports that Pyongyang's Vice Minister Han Song Ryol warned Mr Trump against provoking North Korea militarily and that "we will go to war if they choose".

"If the U.S. provokes recklessly, the revolutionary forces will take an annihilating strike", Choe Ryong Hae, a senior regime official, said in a speech at the parade. "If the USA comes with reckless military maneuvers, then we will confront it with the [North Korea's] pre-emptive strike".

This year's joint war games between the USA and South Korean militaries are the biggest ever; the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has been diverted back to the waters off Korea after heading for Australia; and United States satellite imagery suggests the North could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

North Korea put its adversaries on notice Saturday, when it showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at its annual military parade.

Han did not dispel that notion.

Speculation persists that the North may be preparing a sixth nuclear test or more missile launches in connection with this year's birthday celebration or the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army in 10 days.

Tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions are stretched to the limit, with US President Donald Trump deploying an aircraft carrier battle group to the region.

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.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says there would be no winners in an armed conflict between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

"We don't think about other things, we just live in our belief that we will win as long as our Supreme Leader is with us", Ho said, referring to Kim Jong Un.

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North Korea, which is developing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, is facing increased pressure from the Trump administration to curtail work on the programs.

The country flexed its military muscle by stating its readiness to stage a war with the United States and unveiling what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the parade held at a Pyongyang square named after leader Kim Jong-un's grandfather.

Mr Han, however, said North Korea blames Mr Trump and the U.S. for the rising tensions.

"If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare", he said.

In this image made from video broadcast by North Korean broadcaster KRT, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un salutes during a parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

North Korea, still technically at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan. Trump has repeatedly issued ambiguous threats that if Beijing isn't willing to do more to squeeze the North, the USA might take the matter into its own hands.

The balloons also include condemnations of the North Korean regime, the practice of Kim Il Sung idolization, and North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons development.

During the pomp and circumstance at Kim II Sung square, citizens showed their revolutionary fervor with choreographed performances while vehicles displaying North Korea's military arsenal rolled by.

The council, in a meeting on Thursday, also discussed how to cope with a possible flood of North Korean refugees into Japan, among whom might be North Korean spies and agents, Japanese media reported.

Pyongyang's got that much right, which is why China's Xi Jinping immediately began pressuring the Kim regime to step back as soon as he returned from his summit meeting with Trump in Florida a week ago.

North Korea's Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) were also on parade.

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