N. Korean official: Ready for war if Trump wants it

Trump says North Korea problem ‘will be taken care

US consultation would precede action: Seoul

But Donald Trump does not seem to be aware of the sentiment, his orders and rhetoric and that of senior officials pointing towards a military solution to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. At a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15 2012, North Korea unveiled its KN-08 ICBM for the first time, and previous year on the same date it conducted its first known flight test of the intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile. The carrier group order follows United States missile strikes on a Syrian air base, sparking concerns that a similar strategy will be used against Kim's regime.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests in total, three of them under current leader Kim Jong Un, who has significantly ramped up the country's program.

North Korea's vice foreign minister says, "We will go to war" if the USA chooses to provoke it.

"We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing.

Han said: "We are comparing Trump's policy toward the DPRK with the former administrations and we have concluded that it's becoming more vicious and more aggressive".

North Korea denounced the United States for bringing "huge nuclear strategic assets" to the region as the Carl Vinson strike group with a flag-ship nuclear-powered aircraft carrier steamed closer, and said it stood ready to strike back.

"The army and people of the DPRK will as ever courageously counter those who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always mercilessly ravage all provocative options of the USA with Korean-style toughest counteraction".

But unlike in previous years, under its new administration Washington has recently taken a much more hawkish stance on North Korea, with military action and pre-emptive strikes on the DPRK being talked about openly.

"North Korea believes the only way to deter the U.S. from attacking them and maintaining the power of the Kim regime is by the possession of nuclear weapons", Bermudez said.

A barrage of recent North Korean missile tests has stoked US fears that Pyongyang may soon develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that North Korea was "looking for trouble" and added that if China doesn't do its part to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the USA can handle it. "Very powerful", Trump said Wednesday.

For its part, North Korea has promised a "merciless retaliatory strike", including nuclear weapons, if the U.S. attacks first.

There's also anger in Pyongyang over the annual spring military exercises that the USA holds with South Korea.

"There's no concern that war is going to break out tomorrow", he told Reuters at a "study café" where many job seekers prepare for interviews.

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