President Trump, “Status Quo of North Korea is unacceptable.” Niki Haley warns North Korea, “Not to test another Nuclear Missile.”
Sol Chok Wan, representative from North Korea says, “We will not stop missile or nuclear tests.”
Senate Briefing @ 3PM EST, 4/24/17, on North Korea. Mattis in Afghanistan but will be back tomorrow morning.
The USS Michigan, which is armed with more than 150 Tomahawks, should arrive in the area on Tuesday, the same day that North Korea will commemorate the 85th anniversary of the founding of its army. The Vinson is also expected to be in the area sometime this week.
Some North Korea watchers speculate that the Kim regime may use this occasion to test a nuclear device, which experts say they could do at any time.
North Korean media has already reacted harshly to the Vinson’s deployment, calling it “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade,” adding that “what’s only laid for aggressors is dead bodies.”
More Due Diligence.
According to BusinessInsider.com, Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the N. Korean capital University, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
Park said Kim, who is in his 50s, taught accounting at the university for about a month. He said Kim was detained by officials as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang’s international airport.
According to interview on CNN, former Ambassador to China, Gary Locke says “Kim Jong-Un is trying to collect more bargaining chips.”
The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang said it was aware of a Korean-American citizen being detained recently, but could not comment further.
The embassy looks after consular affairs for the United States in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.
Additionally, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un has threatened to sink the USA aircraft carrier approaching Japan.
Also, he threatened Australia for conducting exercises with the Armada.
The Pentagon says the N. Korean administration should avoid provocative rhetoric.
Locke also maintains, “N. Korea DOES NOT have an ICBM capable of hitting the USA mainland,” according to CNN.
According to USA Today courtesy of MSN.com,
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a phone call with President Trump on Monday, Chinese state media reported.
Xi told Trump that China “strongly opposes” actions that violate United Nations Security Council resolutions and that China hopes that “the parties concerned will exercise restraint and avoid actions that aggravate tensions on the Peninsula,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.
“Xi noted that if the parties shoulder their due responsibilities and meet each other halfway, they can solve the nuclear issue of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula,” Xinhua added.
Vice President Mike Pence warned last week that “the era of strategic patience is over” regarding U.S. policy toward North Korea, as Pyongyang continues its missile program and nuclear weapons tests.
In another phone call earlier this month, Trump said he told Xi that he could get better trade terms from the United States if China helps rein in nuclear threats from North Korea. China is a long-time ally of the North.
South Korean officials warned there is a chance that the North will conduct a nuclear test or a maiden intercontinental missile launch around the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.