Trump says US ready to solve N Korea 'problem' without China

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The president added: "I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the USA will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"

The United States should be prepared to shoot down a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile in the event the communist regime test-fires one as threatened, a us congressman said Monday. Rep.

North Korea is threatening "tough counteraction" after a U.S. Navy strike group was routed toward the Korean Peninsula following the rogue nation's continued ballistic missile and nuclear testing.

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States.

Trump and South Korea's leader, acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn, spoke by phone on Friday, according to the White House, which said they agreed to stay in close contact about North Korea and other issues. If not, we will solve the problem without them!

It is now feared Kim Jong-un is planning some spectacular show of force around April 14 or 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea's now dead founder.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are already high because of recent ballistic missile launches by the North, which violate United Nations resolutions.

Trump's tweet came after he and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met in Florida last week and Trump pressed Xi to do more to rein in North Korea.

Trump did not specifically mention North Korea after the summit, and all what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said amounted to admission of an "agreement to disagree or differ".

The US says it is aimed at maintaining "readiness and presence" in the region.

China is North Korea's main diplomatic and economic ally.

"Considering the possibility of North Korea's strategic provocations such as a nuclear test and missile launches, we have in place deterrence to the North's provocation and all readiness against them", he told a briefing on Monday.

Several North Korean anniversaries in April could be an opportunity for Pyongyang to conduct nuclear or missile tests, South Korean defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun said. DPRK refers to Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of the reclusive state.

His comments followed the sudden deployment of the U.S. Navy's Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its associated group of strike vessels in the direction of the peninsula Sunday and what many considered an alarming display of U.S. military force in Syria Thursday night. Without a blink of irony, the joint headquarters of the Russians and their Iranian allies said Friday's Tomahawk missile strike "had crossed red lines".

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