North Korea warns 'thermonuclear war may break out at any moment'

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Monday Kim In Ryong, the North Korean Deputy United Nations Ambassador, warned that relations between North Korea and its detractors had deteriorated, calling it "a risky situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any minute".

A senior North Korean official Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC's John Sudworth they would be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis and an all out war would result if the USA military took action.

Abe told parliament he would exchange views on North Korea with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they hold a summit meeting later this month. -South Korean military exercises being staged now are the largest-ever "aggressive war drill".

He said that an "all-out war" would result if the USA took military action, BBC reported. It has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead.

U.S. vice-president Mike Pence reassured Japan of America's commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions on Tuesday, after warning that United States strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.

"The Trump administration will seek out new and creative ways to meet the North Korea challenge", Ms Bishop told AM.

Al Jazeera's Divya Gopalan, reporting from Hong Kong, said that China "was very keen to see this issue resolved peacefully".

"We should stay on our toes to protect our territory and people's lives", Mr Hwang said.

Ms Bishop said the Trump administration would prioritise "creative" options to cease North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, signalling a change of approach from that of former president Barack Obama.

Shortly after the US' stringent warning, North Korea responded with shrill rhetoric, with its envoys at home and at the United Nations relaying fresh threats of far more frequent weapons tests, a pre-emptive strike and even nuclear war. A USA armada, including an aircraft carrier and multiple warships, has been deployed to the Korean Peninsula. "But the US is troubled by China's economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself", he said, referring to the US THAAD missile defence system.

But the meetings could indicate how forcefully the US will pressure Japan to further open its farm and automotive sectors.

A senior North Korea official has labelled the United States military's airstrike on Syria as "gangster-like" and is now preparing for "any mode of war" if the Trump government issues an attack on his country. North Korea says whatever action the United States may take, it will respond in kind.

The US, which stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, would "defeat any attack and we will meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective response", Pence said.

Pence said Trump sees the talks as a way to improve business ties with Japan and is hoping for quick results.

KUHN: Vice President Pence will arrive here in Tokyo Tuesday.

North Korea's latest missile test fizzled over the weekend, but its weapons development has appeared to make steady progress in recent years. North Korea's Foreign Ministry released a statement Friday warning that "thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment".

Pence is on an Asia-Pacific tour that will include visits to Japan, Indonesia and Australia.

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