CHINA has criticised the US for being “provocative” about North Korea as Vice President Mike Pence says “the sword stands ready” to deal with the problem.
China has avoided directly criticising the United States for lying about the course of its nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, but warned that such actions might compromise regional peace.
Aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is currently in the Indian Ocean whereas Washington had said it was on its way to the Korean peninsula.
“We have said again and again all parties need to work together to de-escalate the tension instead of being provocative because provocation cannot achieve the goals,” stressed Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang during a press conference.
He underlined the situation in the Korean peninsula is highly sensitive, and therefore all involved countries should avoid aggravating the situation. He also warned if a war starts the situation will go beyond control, and also criticised the North Korean regime for its threats to continue the nuclear missile tests every week.
“China is very concerned about this new development,” said Mr Lu and urged all parties to work jointly and take concrete measures to de-escalate the tension.
The strike group heading the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which was moving toward North Korea according to Washington’s statement 10 days ago, was in the Indian Ocean over the weekend, about 5000km away from the Korean peninsula, according to a photo published by the US Armada.
The April 15th snapshot showed Carl Vinson, which is accompanied by two guided missile destroyers, between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, and not in the Sea of Japan, as indicated by the White House.
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It came as Mr Pence stood on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan and warned North Korea not to challenge the mettle of the US military.
“The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” Mr Pence told 2500 sailors aboard the carrier at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay. “Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.”
Meanwhile, video footage played during a military celebration in Pyongyang over the weekend emerged on Wednesday and shows North Korean missiles destroying an American city.
The video was shown during the birthday celebration for the country’s founder Kim Il Sung and depicts rockets streaming across the ocean before exploding when reach land. It also shows a US flag in flames and rows of white crosses in a cemetery, the Korean Central News Agency reported.
“When the performance was over, all the performers and participants in the military parade broke into enthusiastic cheers of ‘hurrah!’,” the state-run news agency reported. “The Dear Supreme Leader waved back to them and congratulated the artistes on their successful performance.”
SOURCE: newsnow worldnews