Trump, in fresh warning: North Korea 'will be taken care of'

North Kora's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol speaks with The Associated Press in Pyongyang on Friday.

Military experts generally agree a shooting war with North Korea would likely be far more costly than something along the lines of the recent targeted strike Trump ordered against a Syrian air base believed to be linked to a chemical weapons attack by the regime of Bashir Assad.

It has already sent several nuclear negotiators to Pyongyang, North Korea, to communicate with the country's leadership and has even begun to turn away its coal shipments.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if Pyongyang conducts another nuclear weapons test this weekend, a report says.

The Russian government said in a press release shared with NBC on Tuesday, "We are gravely concerned about Washington's plans regarding North Korea, considering hints about the unilateral use of a military scenario".

"Whatever comes from USA politicians, if their words are created to overthrow the DPRK system and government, we will categorically reject them".

"That is something that our headquarters decides", Han said.

"As long as dialogue takes place, it can be official or unofficial, through one channel or dual channels, bilateral or multilateral".

"If the North provokes the world with its another nuclear test, China will have to take some actions against it, and Sino-DPRK relations will naturally worsen", Chung Jae-hung, a researcher at the Sejong Institute told NK News. Instead, the country is gearing up for its biggest holiday of the year, the 105th anniversary of the birth of the late Kim Il Sung, the country's founder and leader Kim Jong Un's grandfather.

Three days after the summit on April 9, USA made a decision to deploy the Carl Vinson Strike Group towards the Korean Peninsula. The USS Carl Vinson is heading to the waters near the peninsula with a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers. This will be Pence's first visit as vice president as it comes at a time when there are rising concerns that Pyongyang could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test.

The military also has heavy bombers in Guam that would attack if need be.

Tensions are deepening as the U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to waters off the peninsula and is conducting its biggest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea.

In the interview, Han complained that Trump is responsible for the escalating tensions. He said on top of the joint military drills and the deployment of the aircraft carrier, Trump's tweets are infuriating the reclusive communist state.

"I think that was nothing more than lip service during the campaign to make himself more popular", Han said.

Mr Han, however, said North Korea blames Mr Trump and the United States for the rising tensions.

"Whatever comes from the U.S., we will cope with it".

Japan began working on plans to respond to a potential crisis on the Korean peninsula in February, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Trump at a summit in the United States, Kyodo news agency said. China also said there can be no victor in war over North Korea. Tunnel 2 and Tunnel 3 were reportedly prepped for the test.

Han said Trump's tweets have also added fuel to the flames.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping chat walk at the Mar-a-Lago estate after a meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017.

The ministry issued a statement saying North Korea will face strong punishment it will find hard to withstand if it makes a significant provocation, such as another nuclear test or an ICBM launch.

On Sunday, the United States declared it will permanently station unmanned missile-capable drones in South Korea in "anticipation" of conflict with Pyongyang.

Coal exports are a critical source of foreign currency for the North. Beijing's embargo thus makes it significantly more hard for Pyongyang to obtain funds to import supplies for nuclear weapons development and missile launches.

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