via Sky News
Donald Trump has said North Korea is “looking for trouble” and warned the US would “solve the problem” – with or without China’s help.
The President’s defiant Twitter message came after Pyongyang promised a strong response if the US “dares opt for a military action”, warning such a move would have “catastrophic consequences”.
Washington has sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to the region for annual US-South Korea war games, which Pyongyang views as a dress rehearsal for an invasion.
The US says it is aimed at maintaining “readiness and presence” in the region.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula are already high because of recent ballistic missile launches by the North, which violate UN resolutions.
Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement it was “really worried” about what the US “has in mind for North Korea”, ahead of a visit to Moscow by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
At the weekend Mr Tillerson said missile strikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack should serve as a warning for any country operating outside of international norms.
In the aftermath of that thinly veiled threat, a spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said: “We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.” Read More