China urges USA and North Korea to refrain from provoking each other

North Korea on Saturday celebrated its biggest holiday with a military parade showing off its latest missiles, but the nation did not carry out a major weapons test. If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!

As well as celebrating the Day of the Sun, the nation's most important holiday, North Korea is also preparing to mark the 85th anniversary of the Korean People's Army on April 25.

The North is aiming its message at China as well as the U.S., analysts say. "The problem will be taken care of", he said.

Another missile launch or nuclear test "can't be ruled out", he said, but the Syria strike and Washington's implied threats "may give Pyongyang some pause". "We're simply closer [to that threat] now than we have ever been at any time in North Korea's history", CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday.

China yesterday warned against allowing tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme to spiral out of control, as a USA naval strike force sails towards the Korean peninsula amid speculation that Pyongyang will conduct a sixth nuclear test.

Bermudez and his colleague Jack Liu correctly predicted the last nuclear test, in September 2016.

"There is certain to be powerful punitive measure that will be hard for the North Korean regime to endure", the South's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

But as speculation mounts that Pyongyang is poised for a "big event", a USA aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region.

China, on the other hand, acts as an economic bedrock for North Korea.

"Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words", Han Song Ryol told AP in Pyongyang.

It's since conducted a number of shorter-range missile tests - some of which landed in the sea, less than 200 miles off the Japanese coast.

Beijing's decision earlier this year to cut off coal imports from North Korea also are being seen as a hopeful sign.

DPRK has promised to give a fit reply to any provocation by the United States, saying it is capable of hitting targets on US soil.

This weekend North Korea is likely to test Trump's self-control - and not just when it comes to his Twitter feed. The original objective of its provocations was to bring the the negotiating table and secure a guarantee that Kim will remain in charge.

Britain said it was "concerned" by reports that North Korea conducted a missile test on Sunday, which the US Defence Department said blew up nearly immediately. Trump has repeatedly issued ambiguous threats that if Beijing isn't willing to do more to squeeze the North, the US might take the matter into its own hands. The American military has an overwhelming advantage in combat capability. Although China advocates for diplomatic outreach, the focus for now is on pressure.

In Dandong, China's main border post with North Korea, hundreds of North Koreans gathered at a cultural center carrying floral displays.

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