The United States is laying down the law for North Korea, and China and South Korea are threatening further action against North Korea if it fires additional missiles.
However, North Korea is vowing a tough counter-attack to any military moves that might follow the U.S. sending the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to waters off the Korean Peninsula.
The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are high because of U.S./South Korea war-games now underway and recent ballistic missile launches by the North. Pyongyang sees the annual maneuvers as a dress rehearsal for invasion, while the North’s missile launches violate U.N. resolutions.
Meanwhile, China and South Korea agreed on Monday to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said, as a U.S. Navy strike group headed to the region in a show of force.
“We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions,” a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency late Monday.
Following the US bombing in Syria, an estimated 150,000 soldiers have been deployed to the North Korean border in preparation for pre-emptive strikes against dictator Kim Jong-un.
It’s believed The U.S. attack on the Assad regime has been interpreted as a warning for the North Korean leader by China, who have dispatched the troops to manage any possible unforeseen circumstances or to push back refugees who may try to enter the country in the event of another US airstrike.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said a strike against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons was a warning to other countries including North Korea that ‘a response is likely’ if they pose a danger.
Chinese President Xi (Jinping) clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken, Tillerson said on CBS’s Face the Nation.