The North Korea has new warning on Sunday, the “untouchable country” said it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might.
The threat of NoKor was comes amid the latest sign of rising tension as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to call the leaders of China and Japan.
Earlier this week, the United States ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to mounting concern over the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.
As of posting, the U.S. government has not divulged or specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area.
However, the only words given by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday it would arrive “within days,” but gave no other details.
Amid the strike of US, North Korea remained defiant as of this time and even dared the world’s powerful nation.
“Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in a commentary.
The paper likened the aircraft carrier to a “gross animal” and said a strike on it would be “an actual example to show our military’s force”.
In these past weeks, Washington and Seoul officials have been saying that the North could soon stage another nuclear test, something the United States, China and others have warned against.
Beijing, North Korea’s sole major ally, opposes Pyongyang’s weapons programs and has appealed for calm. The United States has called on China to do more to help defuse the tension.
In a Reuters report, seaking during a visit to Greece, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there were already enough shows of force and confrontation and appealed for calm.
“We need to issue peaceful and rational sounds,” Wang said, according to a statement issued by China’s Foreign Ministry.
Meanwhile, one of the scenario that adds up to the tensions, was the move of North Korea to detained a Korean-American man in his 50s, bringing the total number of U.S. citizens held by Pyongyang to three.
The man named Tony Kim, had been in North Korea for a month teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), the institution’s chancellor, Chan-Mo Park, told Reuters.
According to the report, Kim was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport on his way out of the country.
On Tuesday, North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army.
For several years, the country has conducted tests of its weapons to marked significant anniversaries.