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China Refutes Reports of Increased Military Aircraft Activity

22 April 2017

They came hours after state media in Pyongyang warned that a pre-emptive strike by North Korea would result in the US and South Korea being "completely destroyed in an instant".

The joint US-South Korea military drills are due to finish at the end of April, and a US aircraft carrier strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson, is also heading towards the Korean Peninsula, Trump's administration has said.

The council said North Korea's illegal missile and nuclear activities "are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond" and expressed "utmost concern" at its "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance" of six United Nations sanctions resolutions.

South Korea said yesterday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang. One propaganda film past year featured animation of a North Korean, nuclear-tipped ICBM striking New York City.

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A previous Security Council statement, released two days after Pyongyang's April 4 missile test launch, noted the commitment of council members to "a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation and welcomed efforts by council members, as well as other states, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue".

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Instead, North Korea tested a missile Sunday, which was said to have failed, provoking more calls for the country to cease its hostile acts.

China has placed some of its bomber fleet on heightened alert status, according to USA officials, but it is unclear what may have prompted the move.

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On April 14, US media reported that US President Donald Trump might order a strike against North Korea if Pyongyang chose to carry out another nuclear weapon test. In return, he said, the USA will accept trade deficits with China. Lavrov added that he hopes the United States will not take any unilateral action against Pyongyang. "Solve the problem in North Korea". Trump says his military options are on the table but can he really put them into action?

U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis warned that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that America was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Earlier this month, the USA said it was moving a Navy strike group into the West Pacific toward the Korean Peninsula in response to growing concerns over Pyongyang's weapons program. The visit comes after the DPRK test-fired a ballistic missile, which exploded soon after lift-off, with speculation of another possible nuclear test.

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