North Korea 'ready for nuclear attack'

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The rhetoric coming out of North Korea continues to heat up as tensions between that Far East nation and the United States rise.

Director of Jilin University's Institute of Northeast Asian Studies Guo Rui said that Trump's domestic troubles should prevent him taking such action, while North Korea doesn't appear to be on a war footing.

While the U.S. has pressured China to rein in North Korea's nuclear programme, Beijing has been reluctant to take drastic measures that could destabilise Pyongyang, instead urging all sides to return to talks.

Calling for restraint by all parties, China's foreign minister Wang Yi said that there would be "no winner" in any war.

"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 United States with Korean-style toughest counteraction".

South Korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea, as information about the secretive, authoritarian state is often impossible to confirm.

Senior intelligence officials told NBC News that the United States is "prepared" to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea if it believes the country is going to conduct a nuclear test, according to a report published Thursday evening.

On Saturday, North Korea will celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Hermit Kingdom's Kim regime.

Pyongyang, meanwhile, recently launched a ballistic missile and some experts say it could conduct another nuclear test at virtually anytime.

Other senior officials joining Kim at the podium included Kim Won Hong, who the South Korean government had said earlier this year was sacked from his job as state security minister, presumably over corruption.

"We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack", said Choe, considered by outside analysts to be North Korea's No. 2 official.

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KCNA said the Trump administration's "serious military hysteria" had reached a "dangerous phase which can no longer be overlooked".

"The situation now is similar to the time before a storm, and this kind of risky situation worth of our attention and we must be alert", Wang, China's foreign minister, said on Friday.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the South China Sea.

The North is aiming its message at China as well as the U.S., analysts say.

China on Friday sought to simmer the flaring tensions.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang, Vice Minister Han Song Ryol also said Pyongyang won't "keep its arms crossed" in the face of a pre-emptive strike by the U.S.

"It's not hard to see that ever since the United States and Republic of Korea chose to deploy THAAD, the situation has not become harmonious but has become more tense", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, said in response to a question about the system.

Earlier on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, called on China to "solve the North Korean problem". Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have been preparing for North Korea's most important.

South Korea's foreign ministry criticised Han's remarks saying they reveal the "true colours of North Korea's government that is bellicose and a breaker of regulations".

Leader Kim Jong Un presided over the ceremony before about 100,000 residents and a large contingent of foreign journalists who have been allowed in to cover the holiday.