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China places its bomber aircraft on heightened alert

21 April 2017

Chinese air force land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers were put on high alert as Beijing is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a USA defence official said. An April 18 AFP report published in Japan Times observed, "North Korea could react to a potential US strike by targeting South Korea or Japan, and officials in both countries have been ill at ease with the more bellicose language deployed by President Donald Trump's administration".

The United States and Russian Federation clashed at the United Nations on Wednesday over a USA -drafted Security Council statement to condemn North Korea's latest failed ballistic missile test. Diplomats said China had agreed to the statement.

A USA aircraft carrier strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson, is heading toward the Korean Peninsula, Trump's administration has said.

While most military experts believe that North Korea does not possess the weaponry to threaten the United States, directly, the communist North could potentially target US bases in South Korea or Japan.

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Earlier this year, China called on the USA and North Korea to give up something to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

However, Mr Pempel noted that South Korean media has not taken kindly to Donald Trump's aggressiveness on the matter and that the country "want [s] and deserve consultation before any military moves".

Also, the North Koreans are characteristically incensed by the current round of U.S.

After countless seemingly empty threats to destroy the USA and a failed missile test on Sunday, North Korea has upped the ante with the warning of a "super-mighty preemptive strike".

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North Korea will definitely be in the United Nations spotlight on April 28 when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presides at a Security Council meeting where Guterres will brief members on the North's nuclear program.

He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail but an official said the missile was a Scud variant that the United States calls a KN-17. China is North Korea's closest ally. But the vice president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The U.S., France and Britain had sponsored a draft resolution that would have initiated an investigation into the Syrian attack.

South Korean news agency quoted an unnamed South Korean government source as saying that the US Air Force had dispatched a nuclear sniffer aircraft on Thursday to the east of the Korean Peninsula in anticipation of a possible nuclear test.

But former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday the using Afghanistan as a weapons testing ground, calling the recent use of the bomb "an huge atrocity against the Afghan people".

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China places its bomber aircraft on heightened alert